Vol­un­teer­ing can be done from home

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By LISA MANSELL

South Waikato dis­trict co-or­di­na­tor Where would we be with­out our vol­un­teers!

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to vol­un­teer. How­ever, the ben­e­fits of vol­un­teer­ing are enor­mous to you, your fam­ily and your com­mu­nity.

Un­paid vol­un­teers are of­ten the glue that holds a com­mu­nity to­gether. Even help­ing out with the small­est tasks can make a real dif­fer­ence to the lives of peo­ple, an­i­mals, and or­gan­i­sa­tions in need. New friends and net­works; One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships is to com­mit to a shared ac­tiv­ity to­gether. Vol­un­teer­ing is a great way to meet new peo­ple, es­pe­cially if you are new to an area. Vol­un­teer­ing also strength­ens your ties to the com­mu­nity and broad­ens your support net­work, ex­pos­ing you to peo­ple with common in­ter­ests, neigh­bour­hood re­sources, and fun and ful­fill­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Go that one step fur­ther and get the whole whanau in­volved. Vol­un­teer­ing as a fam­ily; While it might be a chal­lenge to co- or­di­nate ev­ery­one’s sched­ules, vol­un­teer­ing as a fam­ily has many worth­while ben­e­fits. Chil­dren watch ev­ery­thing you do. By giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, you show them first hand how vol­un­teer­ing makes a dif­fer­ence and how good it feels to help other peo­ple, an­i­mals and en­act change. Keep­ing phys­i­cally healthy; Vol­un­teer­ing is good for your health at any age, but it’s es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial for older adults.

Whether due to a lack of trans­porta­tion, time con­straints, a dis­abil­ity or other rea­sons, many peo­ple pre­fer to vol­un­teer via phone or com­puter. There are many projects where you can help. Writ­ing and graphic de­sign lends it­self to work­ing at home, and in to­day’s dig­i­tal age many or­gan­i­sa­tions might also need help with email, web­sites and data in­putting.

Where do I find vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties?

In South Waikato there are nu­mer­ous vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able. The key is to find a vol­un­teer po­si­tion that you would en­joy and are ca­pa­ble of do­ing. It’s also im­por­tant to make sure that your com­mit­ment matches the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s needs.

Get­ting the most out vol­un­teer­ing

You’re donat­ing your valu­able time, so it’s im­por­tant that you en­joy and ben­e­fit from your vol­un­teer­ing. You want to make sure that the ex­pe­ri­ence is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any ques­tions, be sure to speak up. Make sure you know what’s ex­pected and un­der­stand the time com­mit­ment. Vol­un­teers Re­quired South Waikato Su­per Sports is com­ing up onFe­bru­ary 20-22. Con­tact Larry on 07 886 5568 or 027 488 1954 if you are in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing.

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