How to find time to be a vol­un­teer

South Waikato News - - Backyard Banter -

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.

DAVID UNWIN/ FAIR­FAX NZ.

BNZ worker Ryan Golledge takes time out from his day job as part of Closed for Good to help out in the com­mu­nity

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