10 Reasons YOU Should Volunteer in 2014

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park love our volunteers and the wonderful work that they do in the Park.   We believe that volunteering, whether with us or another organization, is something everyone should and can do.  Here are our top 10 reasons YOU should volunteer in 2014.

Volunteers from Queens College ready to begin their service project in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY.

Volunteers from Queens College ready to begin their day of service in Van Cortlandt Park. Photo by Asa Aarons.

10.) Volunteering provides personal rewards.  It has been know to promote personal growth and self esteem, reduce stress and make you healthier.

9.) Strengthen your resume.  Many employers and schools look favorably upon volunteer experience.

8.) It saves resources.   In New York State, the estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $28.73/hour.    (www.independentsector.org)

7.) Develop new skills.  By volunteering you can test out a potential career or develop new skills to help you out in a future career.

6.) Make new friends.   While volunteering you will meet new people who share similar interests with you.

5.) Volunteering strengthens your community.   Whether you are helping to beautify or cleanup a park, supporting families or youth or improving schools you are playing a vital role in your community.

4.) Contribute to a cause you care about.  There are many volunteering opportunities out there; find something you are passionate about and help out.

3.) Expand Your Horizons.  Volunteering is a great opportunity to have fun and try something new.

2.) It’s a rewarding situation.  Volunteering is a win-win situation- for you and the organization/people you are helping out. 

1.) You can make a difference.  Every person does count.

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The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park love our volunteers and the wonderful work that they do in the Park. We believe that volunteering, whether with us or another organization, is something everyone should and can do. Here are our top 10 reasons YOU should volunteer in 2014.
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