7 Reasons to Volunteer

The success of our inaugural golf tournament was thanks in part to our many volunteers. We could not have done it without them! In addition to showing up on “game day,” passionate volunteers help spread the word – volunteers are the advocates nonprofits need to keep them in the fight for whatever it is they might be fighting for… whether it be homelessness, hunger, or underprivileged kids playing youth sports. There are dozens of reasons to volunteer for anyone age 9 to 99, but here are a few for you to consider.


  1. You have a personal tie to the cause. There is no stronger tie than a personal one for why somebody volunteers. If you or someone close to you has experienced the same situation, empathy drives you to give back and make a difference.


  1. Volunteering helps build your resume. Remember, we said 9 to 99! Volunteering helps keep your resume fresh and shows employers what drives you outside of your career – what you are passionate about and what is important to you. If you are out of work, volunteering helps fill resume gaps and opens opportunities to develop new skills.


  1. Volunteering sets a good example for others. “Talking the talk” is easy but “walking the walk” isn’t as much. When you volunteer, you inspire others to make a positive change in the community. Be the inspiration others need to get involved with something they are passionate about.


  1. “Doing good” is important. We are inundated with heartbreaking and discouraging news every day, so “doing good” is Many, many small gestures of goodness and kindness add up to big gestures and big change!


  1. Volunteering gives perspective. Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character. Volunteers come face-to-face with heart-wrenching situations, making one question their own choices. It is a personal journey one can expect to embark as a volunteer.


  1. Volunteering creates empowerment. If someone has provided you with a helping hand, it empowers you to “pay it forward.” Sometimes it’s something as simple as buying coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks. In August 2014, 378 people paid it forward at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida. This simple act of kindness inspired an 11-hour chain of paying-it-forward.


  1. Volunteering helps you make meaningful connections with others. It is one of the best ways to make new friends. It strengthens your ties to the community in which you live and broadens your personal support network with people that have common interests.


What cause inspires you? If you’d like to help Caris Sports Foundation level the playing field and are looking for opportunities to donate, please call 602-773-1373 or click here.

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