1: You make a difference. Every person counts! 2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it. 3: You get a chance to give back. People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about. 4: You learn a lot. Volunteers learn things like these: Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth. Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government. Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs. 5: Volunteering strengthens your community. As a volunteer you help: Support families (daycare and eldercare) Improve schools (tutoring, literacy) Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs) Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups) 6: It promotes personal growth and self-esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy. 7: It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in: Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal Building camaraderie and teamwork 8: Volunteers gain professional experience. You can test out a career. 9: It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements. 10: It's good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It: Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.