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15 Crucial Reasons To Volunteer (Get started this MLK Day)

It’s Martin Luther King Day on Monday, and there are a lot of events to recognize this day, especially, service related events. I am reminded of the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam. If you haven’t heard of it before, it means healing the world.  I definitely believe we can all play a role in this, especially during these difficult times where there is so much need. Martin Luther King day offers you a chance to volunteer (if you aren’t already) and  do something meaningful for your community. For job seekers, this might be a chance where your good Karma could come flowing right back to you. You never know what might happen by putting out some positive energy into the universe.  There are so many good reasons to volunteer, in fact, I was just able to rattle off 15! Volunteering your way to your next job is definitely amongst the many good reasons to get out there and be useful. I have many stories of clients who have landed a job through their unpaid service.

Below, I have listed a couple of  websites that provide information on what type of volunteer opportunities are available this weekend in lieu of MLK day, but you also might find other opportunities for a longer term commitment.  Do you have any plans to do something meaningful this weekend?

Here are 15 great reasons to start volunteering today:

Make a positive and meaningful contribution to a cause that you value and care about.
It will get you out of the house.
You’ll feel better about yourself and get a shot of confidence if that is what you are missing after having been unemployed for a while

  • You can work on maintaining already  or build new skills that could be handy
  • Expand your network and connect with them on LinkedIn!
  • Make new friends
  • Discover a new interest/ job/ career path that you might not have considered
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Impress the organization enough to land yourself a job
  • Impress your mom/dad/ girlfriend/ boyfriend
  • Be a role model to your children
  • Gain references or recommendations for your LinkedIn profile.
  • Connect with and  make a difference in your community
  • Get noticed in your community.
  • Learn from others
  • Start Volunteering today:

    Careerfolk Resources to Volunteer Opportunities

    US Government Website for MLK Day information and service opportunities
    Drop us a line if you have some positive experiences to share from your volunteer roles. Thank you!

     

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