Volunteering requires an open mind, a willingness to pitch in wherever needed, and a positive attitude. By helping people who may not be able to help themselves, you are able to change lives, including your own. Through volunteering, you can give back to your community while developing important social skills at the same time. Even though it is a selfless act and a sacrifice, the benefits usually outweigh whatever you sacrifice.
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17
What is Volunteerism?
Volunteerism is the act of doing things without being asked or forced to do them, without them being directly for your benefit. Simply doing something because you’re happy to do it, knowing you’ll make others happy, helps to subconsciously develop a sense of responsibility for making a positive difference. By providing community service and supporting philanthropic causes, individuals can build stronger bonds and create lasting relationships within the community. Nonprofit organizations can also utilize these passionate volunteers to contribute to a safer and better world.
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35
The Benefits of Volunteering
The act of giving to others can also help you maintain a healthy mental and physical state. In addition to reducing stress and combating depression, it can keep you mentally stimulated and provide a sense of belonging and purpose. Although volunteer opportunities offer numerous benefits, volunteering does not require a long-term commitment or a lot of time. Taking part in even the simplest of acts of giving can make a huge difference to those in need and improve your health. Volunteering-
- Connects you to others.
- Is good for your mind and body.
- Can advance your career.
- Brings purpose and fulfillment to your life.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
How to Volunteer with Hearts
Hearts for the Homeless relies on volunteers to help us carry out our programs.
Many volunteers have come through our doors over the years. We have volunteers from diverse backgrounds who provide their free time to help in our thrift store as well as serve the poor and homeless through our mobile soup kitchen, food pantry, and other outreach programs.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with Hearts visit our website: