Volunteering and Citizenship go hand in hand. Good citizens give back to their country and community through volunteering and volunteers understand the duties, obligations and functions of being a good citizen.
According to Webster’s dictionary, a volunteer is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service and citizenship is the character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behavior in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen.
When willingness and character combine, the results are amazing; they create a community RICH in assets.
This RICH asset begins with finding your passion for giving e.g. music, the arts, political, educational, business, retail, seniors, disabled, etc. There are numerous opportunities to VOLUNTEER in your community and www.volunteermatch.org/ is a great place to start to match your giving with a community need.
And there are great rewards for the volunteer:
- Career opportunities
- Expanded knowledge
- Experience on your resume
- Refine your talents / gifts
- Value to company $21.79 hr (2011)
- Improve lives in the community
Volunteering will open doors of career opportunities. Employers seek employees with proven dedication and commitment to fulfilling their obligations. And for those who have little or no career experience, volunteer experience is a valuable asset on the resume.
In addition to these rewards, there is also an app that will assist the volunteer in tracking their “giving” hours - www.rewardvolunteers.coop. This app can be downloaded on the smartphone for quick update, and you can earn rewards for your contributions including cash for organizations, cash for individuals, Vermont farm vacations and much more.
Communities need volunteers and volunteers need to give of their gifts and talents to the community.
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