10 Reasons to Volunteer

FIND REAL SOLUTIONS TO REAL PROBLEMS:  

Volunteering is an excellent way to tackle local and global problems all for the common good.  Volunteering will challenge you to be innovative, creative, and work collectively to find permanent solutions to social & environmental issues

ESTABLISH UNDERSTANDING: 

Volunteering leads to a better understanding of the diverse individuals, issues, and history in your community. 

EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES: 

Volunteering is a great way to discover or test out new career options. Volunteering can help you determine what you really want to do and if it’s right for you.  

GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE: 

Volunteering is an excellent way to gain valid work experience that employers are looking for in candidates, and for some employers can even supplement work experience.

DEVELOP INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: 

Volunteering helps you learn and develop important skills such as leadership and effective communication.  

GAIN SELF-CONFIDENCE: 

Volunteering can make you feel better about yourself and more valued by others.  Additionally, volunteering can help you discover your passions and strengths.

FEEL EMPOWERED: 

Volunteering helps you relieve negative feelings like guilt, powerlessness or loneliness because you are get involved, do good, and interact with others. 

CONTRIBUTE: 

Volunteering allows you to give back to your community or show gratitude to individuals or organizations that have helped you in the past. It allows you to support a cause you believe in and to act in a socially responsible way (i.e., helping those less fortunate, improving the quality of life for others).  

NETWORK: 

Volunteering is a good way to meet and interact with new University of St. Thomas students, members of the Twin City community, and even people from around the world.  

ENRICH YOUR LIFE: 

Volunteering allows you to enrich yourself in many ways and on many levels through reflection and self-discovery.

On "Changing the World"

We know the idea of getting involved can be intimidating. And platitudes like "change the world" and "make a difference" are more than a bit worn out. But that's because being a force for the common good is what this life is all about.

When the magnitude of the change you hope to see starts to get you down, here's a message from Kid President for a little lift.