Why is it important to volunteer?

In 2007, many Americans—about 60 million people, or about 26 percent of Americans age 16 or older—volunteered, or performed unpaid work for a nonprofit organization (or charity), according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. They understood that volunteering is an important part of life. It provides an opportunity for us to see our world from a different perspective, gain exposure to new people, places, and situations, and make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteering provides us with a chance to interact with people from different backgrounds, who come together to support a common cause. Whether you serve in the arts, music, parks and recreation, sports, technology, or education, your neighborhood schools and nonprofit organizations always appreciate reliable and dedicated volunteers. Your reward is the feeling you get inside when you give your time and energy to help a person less fortunate.


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