How to find time to be a volunteer
Volunteering is good for us so find a way for you to give something back.
We get it. We’re busy, like really busy. It shows in our stats. Statistics NZ recently released data showing that the number of hours contributed by volunteers in non-profit organisations dropped by 42 per cent between 2004 and 2013.
Yet at the same time, we know that volunteering is good for us. Studies have shown it can help with mental and physical health. We know that it helps to build vibrant, more caring communities. We know it helps our charities work effectively.
So how do we marry the two? How do we find time to volunteer, when we don’t have the time? Here are five ideas: end of their life with regret. Invest your life in meaningful things; family, friends and making a difference. outdoors and clean up their favourite areas in their communities. There may be room for your employer to incorporate a similar initiative – if you don’t ask, you may never know. surprised about how varied the volunteering needs are. Make a post to Neighbourly and find out what interesting volunteering positions are out there in your neighbourhood. things that help us as a nation thrive in healthy and creative ways.
BNZ worker Ryan Golledge takes time out from his day job as part of Closed for Good to help out in the community