Simply put, for your own sake! In the ultimate analysis, all volunteering, done consistently with a sincere commitment, benefits us as much, if not more, as the intended beneficiaries. How so?
Am I not too young and inexperienced for volunteering? Well, it does not matter how much or how little you know, what matters is the spirit of giving. There are always people who need help. You have come to this level because people have helped you, with or without your knowing. The world would not be what it is unless there is a strong network of well-meaning people holding each other’s hand. When we volunteer, we focus on our positive side.
When is a good time to start volunteering? Anytime, actually. It is incorrect to think that volunteering can be undertaken only when you retire or when you have a lot of time and possibly money. You can volunteer at any time and in any manner that you may feel is right for you. There are numerous examples where people celebrate their success in life, at work or business by giving back to their communities or by helping others. Again, there are many examples where people, facing failures and difficulties in their lives, found strength and self-belief through activities that involved helping others.
How much time should be devoted to volunteering? Only as much as you can comfortably devote on a consistent basis, In the beginning, it is a good idea to devote either one day a month or 2h per week for volunteering. Like all new activities, give it time to find its rhythm in your life. It is important to remember that volunteering is a commitment of help from you to the person receiving help from you. So, commit only as much as you can consistently give in terms of time and effort. Over -committing and under-delivering is not a good idea in any work; the same applies in volunteering too.
Some suggestions for volunteering with Gramonnati Through our Udyam Programs, we are developing rural youth, women and ex-soldiers to be entrepreneurs i.e. helping them become a job-creator rather than a job-seeker. Currently, for our trainees in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, we are looking for volunteers for: