What is volunteering?

Library volunteers picking books from shelves.

What is volunteering? 

Volunteering is contribution of time, effort and talent to a need, cause or mission without financial gain.

Volunteering is all about you being able to contribute some of your own time to help people in our communities. Volunteers support our communities and add to them in their own unique way using a wide variety of skills, knowledge and experience.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering provides many benefits for individuals and the community.  Through volunteering we can build strong communities by connecting people. It also provides an opportunity to:

  • help others, including community groups, clubs, seniors, schools, young people and the environment
  • share your skills and life experience with others
  • gain a sense of community connection and social wellbeing
  • meet new, like-minded people
  • gain the experience, training, contacts and references that may help you find paid employment
  • have fun while giving back to the community
  • do something you have always wanted to do
  • improve your own health, vitality and wellbeing
  • make a difference.

Would you like to volunteer?

To make sure that volunteering is a great experience for you, it is important to understand what you want from volunteering or your ‘motivation’ to get involved.

Understanding your motivation will help you to find the best place to volunteer and the most satisfying role for you.

Things to consider:

  • What do I want to get out of volunteer work?
  • What type of voluntary work would I like to do?
  • Can someone benefit from my experience?
  • What time do I have available – weekdays or weekends? What about evenings?
  • What interests/hobbies do I have that I would like to engage in more?
  • Is there a career/industry that I can gain knowledge about through volunteering?

Ready to start? Contact the Rockingham Volunteer Centre today.

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