Hopeful Inc.'s volunteers have contributed its success, and have a vested interest in supporting the mission of our organization. 


People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it's also OK to want some benefits for yourself from volunteering.  Instead of considering volunteering as something you do for people who are not as fortunate as yourself, begin to think of it as an exchange.  Consider that most people find themselves in need at some point in their lives.


So today you may be the person with the ability to help, but tomorrow you may be the recipient of someone else's volunteer effort.


Even now you might be on both sides of the service cycle: maybe you are a tutor for someone who can't read, while last month the volunteer ambulance corps rushed you to the emergency room.


Think about how much you receive when you give and consider why you want to volunteer. You may have several different reasons.


Here are just a few of the many possible motivations identified by other volunteers:


  • to feel needed

  • to share a skill

  • to get to know a community

  • to demonstrate commitment

  • to a cause/belief

  • to gain leadership skills

  • to do your civic duty

  • to feel a sense of satisfaction from accomplishment

  • to keep busy

  • for recognition

  • to repay a debt

  • to donate your professional skills

  • because there is no one else to do it

  • to have an impact

  • to learn something new

  • for freedom of schedule

  • to help a friend or relative

  • for escape

  • to be challenged

  • to feel proud

  • to make new friends

  • to explore a career

  • to help someone as therapy


And on and on!