What makes us human? Is it Intelligence? Caring for others? Sharing what we have?
Selflessly giving to others is one of the most admirable qualities of humanity. Giving hard earned money to charitable causes is valuable, but you can make more of it. Our time, however, is limited; giving generously of this resource is one of the most precious gifts. It can also bring the greatest rewards.
If you have not tried it yet, let me persuade you. Or rather, let our volunteers persuade you.
Over the years at Human Appeal we have asked our volunteers and colleagues about their motivations for volunteering. Their reasons may convince you to join them:
- Volunteering takes you out of yourself and your everyday life – whether doing something different or using your skills to help others.
- You can improve your local area…
- …or local people’s lives
- The potential for networking is huge – you never know where volunteering might lead.
- You probably don’t realise it, but you will have benefited from others’ volunteering efforts in the past, whether maintaining the local wildlife reserve or litter-picking in the park, volunteers help improve the local community for everyone.
- Helping out keeps you grounded in your local community.
- People who build networks and come together for a common goal feel happier about their neighbourhoods.
- When earnings are taken out of the equation you can focus on what you really enjoy about the work you are doing.
- Volunteering helps you gain skills, knowledge and experience – all of which may lead to other opportunities in the future.
- Most people cite the feel-good factor of giving something back when asked about volunteering.
Both Mosaic and Human Appeal rely heavily on our brilliant volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of what we do. Without them we would struggle to raise funds to help our beneficiaries. By helping out at an event here in the UK, our volunteers could be feeding people in some of the world’s poorest countries. Our own employees are also encouraged to volunteer too: many are involved in mentoring or educational projects in the UK.
Often, Human Appeal volunteers choose a project close to their own hearts to fundraise for. For example, setting a goal of providing a village in Pakistan with their own water pump. Caring about others enough to want to make life better for a village on the other side of the world.
In many ways, the work that volunteers do is quintessentially human.
Find out more about mentoring with Mosaic.