Why volunteering helps you, and helps others
Written by engage on May 27, 2019
Do you like pottering around the garden? Spending time on computers, or getting out and about?
AnglicareSA says there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, doing the things you already love, or learning new skills to help others.
“We offer a diverse range of volunteering opportunities from gardening and administrative work to youth work and aged care,” says Sharyn Osborn, acting AnglicareSA CEO.
“We have around 550 volunteers working across 26 programs and services and we are always on the lookout for more,” Ms Osborn says. “As the demand for our services is always on the rise, we’re constantly recruiting for people looking to voluntarily contribute to their community.”
AnglicareSA’s volunteers save the organisation more than $2M per year but more volunteers are needed. Without volunteers South Australia’s largest social services provider couldn’t run some of the valuable programs and services currently on offer to those in need.
The most recent State of Volunteering in Australia report (2016) found that 93 per cent of people saw positive changes as a result of their volunteering efforts. Ms Osborn says there are many and varied reasons for people to give back to their community by serving as a volunteer.
“For some, it’s about wanting to make a difference in the world, and for others it’s about creating social networks and making friends,” she says. “Volunteering can be an opportunity to develop news skills, build professional experience and create a career path.”
According to Volunteering Australia, research demonstrates that volunteering yields a 450 per cent return for every dollar invested. Nationally, this is an estimated annual contribution of $290 billion.
“Many of our volunteers talk about how rewarding it is to help others in their community and that understanding the struggles others face provides a fresh perspective on your own life,” Ms Osborn says.
“By volunteering for us, you participate in helping our society meet the needs of people from all walks of life.”