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Volunteering – What’s in it for me?

With the summer season fast approaching you may find yourself with a little extra time on your hands.  Here is a list of reasons you should consider volunteering.

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    You get to help those who need it.
    This is the obvious benefit, right? But it’s also the
    most important part. As a volunteer, you have a great opportunity to give back to your community in any area that is important to you. What passion could you pass on to others?
  2. Volunteering is great for your mental and even physical health. Not only does volunteering boost self-confidence and happiness, but it has also been found that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates than those who don’t.
  3. Volunteering can teach you the social and networking skills that you will need as an adult. Volunteering can teach you how to network and build a list of important contacts. The people you volunteer with are also great candidates for recommendation letters for college and future jobs. These are the people who have seen how you interact with others in social situations and how you handle new challenges.
  4. Volunteering lets you see how others experience the world and opens your eyes to something new. From giving food at animal shelters to shelving books at the library, volunteering can expose you to very new experiences that you may not have known otherwise. Having new experiences can help you discover a new passion, and gives you the contacts to pursue that passion.
  5. Make your resume shine. Volunteer experience can set you apart from other applicants for job and school applications. Your volunteer experience shows that you are ambitious, that you care about your community, and that you are willing to work to affect change. These are great qualities that recruiters and admissions officers look for in a potential student or employee.

DSCF6989Volunteer Opportunities @ the Library

With as little as two extra hours per week, you could volunteer time at the DeWitt District Library.  During the summer our VolunTeens help us with a variety of tasks from handing our summer reading prizes to helping kids with craft projects.  For more information about becoming a volunteer at the library visit our VolunTeen page.

Need even more reasons to volunteer?….

  1. Opens doors to new experiences and unique opportunities

  2. Develop skills that help you to give back to your community

  3. Meet new people and make new friends

  4. Improve interpersonal skills through teamwork and networking

  5. Increased self motivation and improved academic success

  6. Opportunity to discover new skills, talents and interests

  7. An inside look at how organizations operate

  8. Critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork development

  9. Take a look at the “real” working world

  10. Networks to future opportunities

  11. Working with others to accomplish greater things

  12. Improving lives of people in the community

  13. Creating healthy, sustainable communities

college_app_weekIt is around this time every year that high school seniors really feel the pressures that come with applying for college. Most seniors are advised to have their applications completed and turned in no later than the first week of November.  So what if you haven’t even started the process?  Our recommendation, don’t stress and the Library is here to help!  Click on over to our College Prep page for a Senior Guide that includes worksheets and step-by-step instructions for everything you need to get through the college app process.  Then consider registering for our College Essay Writing Seminar which will give you the information and tips that you need for completing the perfect admissions essay.