Volunteering: what's in it for me?

ASU student participating in a volunteer project for a day of service

You’re a good person, Sun Devil, we can just tell. And you want to use some of your time to give back to your community and the world. But we can’t blame you for wanting to get a little something out of it for yourself, too. Lucky for you, it’s not tough to unlock the benefits of volunteering for your body, mind and future.

Why? Because it’s good for you ...

That’s right, it’s a healthy choice to volunteer. It often drives you to get out of your dorm room, meet new people and explore your community. Your mental health is improved by giving back and doing good, and you could even make new friends and form meaningful connections.

Volunteering is also proven to help reduce stress levels. Double stress-relieving points if you’re volunteering at an animal shelter or with babies (the ultimate stress relievers). Giving back gives volunteers a feeling of meaning and appreciation, which is great for that overworked brain of yours. 

… and for your future.

Your resume will benefit by adding community service experiences. Volunteering allows you to be involved in many aspects of projects, some that may not be as easy to gain experience in at a job or internship. Things like leadership and volunteer management can come out of service positions.

Ever been a site leader for a volunteer project? You just checked off all those boxes. Check out even more ways volunteering can pump up your future career or internship possibilities.

Looking for something bigger?

Get involved in Changemaker Central for more ways to give back and make a difference. Change Agents can help you build and start community service projects, from large world-changing impact makers (the nonprofit 33 Buckets started as a Changemaker project) to local initiatives.

No matter how you get involved, you’ll get something out of giving back. Let us know what service projects you’re involved in and how they’ve benefitted you by sending us a message, or tagging us on Instagram @asuadulting101.

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