You give of yourself because the giving makes the act about the other person,
not about you.
One of the organizations for whom Roxie and I volunteer asked me to participate in a video interview about volunteering. Why volunteer for the organization? What drew me to the organization? And so on. The bottom line for all the questions: Why is volunteering important?
Obviously, the act giving service helps the people and communities for whom you volunteer. You contribute a free service (for the most part) that provides needed assistance. You leave another being, hopefully, better than when you arrived on the scene.
You give of yourself because the giving makes the act about the other person, not about you.
When I offer time to my community, I think of giving back and establishing meaningful connections. And the literature supports that. For instance, Western Connecticut State University found that volunteering strengthens and makes a difference for your community and brings people together. WCSU also found that stepping up to the line promotes personal growth and self-esteem. While volunteering aids the people around you, it benefits the volunteers as well. They learn more about themselves. They volunteered to help others and, concomitantly, they received a benefit. A symbiotic relationship develops.
Young people (think high school and college students) may volunteer to gain experience and build a resume. And in the process, they learn about their communities and continue to understand who they are, what moves them, and what skills they have that their neighbors need.
When we volunteer, we gain personal perspective on how we can inspire, impact, and initiate community.
Listen to this moving TEDx talk about the importance of volunteerism for a community.
Make it a wonderful week and HTRB has needed.
You will find my latest book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, in
eBook ($2.99) and paperback ($9.99) format. Click here.
My dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story. Please, check out her blog.
And you can still order:
- Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019, print and e-book). Available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at the above link.
- Stories about Teaching: No Need to be an Island (2017, print and e-book). Available on Amazon. One college’s new faculty onboarding program uses the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos (see the link above) would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
You can find my podcasts (all fifty episodes) here.
You will find more about me at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
©2022. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®
Atlantic Beach, Florida