Volunteering Benefits All

By Jeremy Shivwkumar ‘16

Helping others is not only a benefit to the people around you, but also for one’s self. About 64.5 million Americans were volunteering in the U.S. in 2012, which is about one in every four people.

Volunteering is about helping others.

President Obama, according to goodread.com, said, “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

Some may argue that volunteering may take up a lot of time. According to the Live United website, in 2012, about 26.5% of the population volunteer about 7.9 billion hours. Some have claimed that this time could have been spent doing things that could benefit themselves.

Doesn’t it feel good to help another person? Indeed it does. Helping others shows that one is following good ethics.

“Volunteering is beneficial in many types of ways de- pending on what you are doing.” said Jazmin Pimentel ‘16.

“Volunteering is always a great thing to do, especially as a hobby. It shows that you think about others. It doesn’t even have to include only helping people. It can also apply to the environment.”

One thing that gets people motivated is if they can gain something. According to entrepreneurialinsights.com, things that get a person motivated can be a free meal, or even tickets to a sports event.

However, if volunteers need a little motivation, they should know that community service can help them get a job and earn a good reputation. For example, if an employer sees that a person has volunteered in a place and they (the employer) call up and see that the person was a diligent worker, that person is now one step closer to getting that job.

The forbes.com website says that between 2002 & 2012, there were 70,000 unemployed people. Of these people, the ones who volunteered had a 27% higher chance of finding a job than others who didn’t.

Community service also helps a person to prepare for the future. When volunteering, you need to be at the site at a certain time similar to a job. This helps them later in life by them knowing that they have to be somewhere at a certain time, and being late is not acceptable.

According to scholarships.com, volunteering is beneficial when applying to colleges. For it can help you get more financial aid, scholarships and grants than you would have if you didn’t volunteer. This is great for not everyone is able to pay the full price of going to college.

“Volunteering is good because it shows colleges that a person is capable of helping out the community as well as showing a sense of responsibility,” said Matthew Chung ‘16. It takes one person to make a difference.

“A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.” said Mollie Marti, a writer for goodreads.com.

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