Volunteer comes from the word “volontaire”
Volunteer is a military term and of French origin. It comes from the word “volontaire” which is define as “one who offers himself to military service”. With the evolution of the term, in between 1630s and 1750s, the verb “to volunteer” was recorded for a non-military use for the first time.
December 5 is International Volunteer Day (IVD)
The 1985 United Nations (UN) General Assembly mandated the celebration of the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development or the International Volunteer Day (IVD) every December 5. This is to give an avenue for individuals and groups to do and commit on volunteer works, it also appreciates the volunteer efforts, especially of the nonprofit donation opportunities given by volunteer organizations to achieve the local and international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Volunteering makes you Hirable
According to Career Builder, study showed that 60% of hiring managers prefer to hire volunteers. Hiring managers perceive volunteerism as an asset because it shows that the candidate is passionate and reliable to their chosen field. In addition, ones commitment to volunteering unveils their leadership skill that is why companies now are not only after of the potential, but also of the emotional quotient of the candidates.
Volunteer for a Cause
“A Cause”, this is the most common volunteering project title and also the most popular type. This is where volunteering nonprofit organizations organize a fund raising along with an activity that could be participated by everyone. These activities are in form of exhibits, marathons, talks or any fundraising platform. Through these activities, organizers can raise money for the chosen “cause” or beneficiary while making other people happily involve.
Volunteering is Therapeutic
We will never go wrong in choosing kindness. This is the most looked forward reward of volunteering, the therapeutic feeling. Each of us has unseen scars and wounds, 94% of the volunteers confirmed that there is healing in doing volunteer works. When you volunteer, you are able to see how blessed you and how to share this blessings to those who need it. Volunteering shows you a new perspective about life. Study revealed that individuals who are regularly committed to volunteer works have higher levels of happiness and satisfaction in their life. This is not only true emotionally but also physically, regular volunteers have better health status now compared before.
Volunteering worth more than Billions
A study in 2018 by the U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy states that 90% of the rich people donate to charity and 48% of them are rendering volunteer works at nonprofit volunteer organizations. The Corporation for National and Community Service in the United States had thousands volunteers for 13 years. Amazingly they dedicated 104.9 billion hours volunteering that is worth roughly USD 2.1 trillion. See? It was more than billions because it is trillions and it is just only for one big organization. This is just a tip of the driving change brought by volunteering.
I hope you are delighted with these facts. Volunteering is indeed a whole new world, with whole new experience. Join us now!