April 26th
Why should you volunteer?

While being a volunteer enriches your life, familiarizes you with your community, and connects you to people and different ideas, it also provides essential services to non-profit organizations. Volunteers are the backbone of any organization, and most non-profits and small organizations would simply not be able to function if it wasn't for their volunteers.

Given that we live a fast-paced life, it often feels there is little time to devote to a cause. One may wonder - why volunteer? Volunteering is important for many reasons and doesn't have to take up too much time. In fact, the benefits of volunteering are vast for the volunteer – not just the community, individual or the organization receiving their time and assistance.

Make a difference: Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive impact on people, communities and society. Your time and help can make a difference in someone’s life. At the humane society, it’s the lives of the animals you save and make better every day.

Build confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.

Learn new skills. It can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications. Volunteering also often leads to job opportunities.

Meet new people. Volunteering can help you meet people, make new friends, and even network. It opens your world to people with the same interests and passion as yours.

Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.

Take on a challenge. Through volunteering, you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.

If you're considering volunteering, ask yourself a few questions before taking the plunge. Firstly, think about the causes you are most passionate about, and you are more likely to enjoy and stay committed to. Secondly, are you looking for regular volunteering opportunities, or would you prefer a one-off project? And finally, what skills can you offer, and what can you hope to gain from your volunteering experience? Remember, volunteering is important, but it's important that you enjoy it too!

Here at the Humane Society, it’s fair to say that we would be lost without our volunteers. Today, while celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week, we would like to thank our volunteers for all they do. Your hard work keeps us going!

If you love animals and would like to make a difference in their lives, check out some of the volunteer opportunities with us.