Well, it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, but it has definitely helped many of us to realise the importance of community. We’ve seen LSE coming together to support each other and help out our local communities. But we’re looking to 2021 now, and your volunteering ambassadors have put together a list of why volunteering should be part of your New Years Resolution!
- After such a difficult year, we should all try to make 2021 better to make up for all the tough situations we faced. One of the ways you can do this is through volunteering.
- Unlike other new year resolutions which people drop after a month, volunteering has a real chance to develop into a passion and something you like doing.
- It’s a good way to expand your social circle and meet new people.
- Volunteering eases the loneliness that is so widespread in the context of the pandemic, since it is a great exercise in community building which can help you meet like-minded people from all walks of life.
- Volunteering is an excellent way to cope with the feelings of inertia and helplessness triggered by what has been a very difficult year for most of us, since it allows you to make a tangible difference in your community.
- For introverts or people who are a bit more reserved, volunteering enables you to move out of the comfort zone and lets you interact and make meaningful connections.
- It makes you feel positive and self-satisfied that you have made a difference to the surrounding community. And this is the time people need the most help, and you can easily contribute to using your skills and abilities.
- It allows you to interact with people of shared values as well as expand your understanding of others who are different from you.
- Volunteering is a very relaxed experience as opposed to the pressurised and stressful situations of our daily lives. Therefore, it will help you to stay calm and explore situations that you otherwise might not get the opportunity to do.
- Volunteering helps you build work experience/skills whilst also doing good!
- Volunteering helps you meet other volunteers who tend to be the nicest people you can meet!
- You can volunteer in almost any area you’re interested in! So you can build on your own interests/ hobbies in a constructive and positive way
- Volunteering can be very meaningful for individuals and is also a very fun, unique way to meet other people!
- It allows you to develop your people skills which can also enhance your CV/make you more employable.
Inspired by your ambassadors? Check out one of our 100 ongoing opportunities or book a one-to-one with David Coles, the Volunteer Centre Manager if you have more questions. If you are short on time, then take a look at the one-off opportunities happening over the rest of Lent Term, organised by the LSE Volunteer Centre. If you want to share your volunteering experience with us, why not write us a blog? Have a scroll through our blog page to read what other students have written and get inspired!