2021 is almost here! This year was not what anyone expected, it has required us all to step up, serve our communities, and find creative ways to do good, even from home. Many people are learning to find their place in the world of virtual volunteering. With countless benefits of volunteering, virtual and digital volunteering has opened up the door to new possibilities. As the new year approaches, many people begin to think about their past year and what they would like to change moving into the next. While some resolutions are harder to maintain than others, this year we are all about making yours about others. It’s proven that helping others boosts self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and happiness. It even enhances your physical and mental health. Do good for others and do good for yourself at the same time.
Here are 4 ways to welcome the New Year.
1. Contribute to A Special Cause
Sometimes the hardest decision to make when it comes to volunteering is choosing what to do. For this new year, take the opportunity to invest your time and energy into a cause that is meaningful to you. Whatever your interests are, whether it is education, the environment, animals, health care, or finding solutions for homelessness, there are hundreds of volunteering opportunities found right in your community. Take a look at VolunteerMatch and get direct access to countless nonprofits and opportunities near you that offer virtual volunteering ideas that deal with COVID-19 specifically.
2. Use Your Skills to Make A Positive Influence
Many people ask themselves what they can do to make a difference in the world. The answer is easier than you think. By just applying your own skills and knowledge, you can be extremely beneficial to your local community. Your expertise in your working life will be considered valuable and can make a great impact on those around you. If you are proficient in digital marketing or a wizard in financing, or anywhere in between, there are endless nonprofits that you can benefit from. If you are searching for the right virtual volunteer placement to fit your particular skill set and schedule take a look here and find your perfect match!
3. Learn New Skills and Boost Your Career
Volunteering at a nonprofit can do great things for your career. Not only will you enhance your existing skills, but you will also gain an entirely new set of skills. The benefits of volunteering for your professional life are endless. You will be able to make new connections and expand your network and it can also be a great way to fill any resume gaps and time when you’re not working.
4. Valuable Way to Spend Your Time
Volunteering is a worthwhile way to spend your time and energy. Doing good not only benefits others but in return benefits you. So, as we roll into the year 2021, stick by your resolution and virtual volunteer! If you’re looking for ideas on making the world a better place, check out our activity guide which offers many different and exciting ideas some virtual, some not, for anyone to find the perfect opportunity for them to do good.
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