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It's always a good thing to give back. Whether it's doing hands-on service with a group like Habitat for Humanity or assisting in the back office of a local non-profit, there are benefits beyond money that come from volunteering.


Apart from just the positive feeling of sowing good actions into a cause you believe in and the impact on the lives of the recipients, volunteering can also help your career.

Here are six ways volunteering can boost your career:

1. It Can Fuel Your Passion

Older woman volunteers on her day off

If your current job is not your ideal work, volunteering for something you enjoy is an alternative source of the passion you can't get from your job right now.

2. You Can Practice New Skills

Man volunteers at an animal shelter

No opportunity in your current job to stretch or learn something new? Find a volunteer opportunity that allows you to explore new roles and skills you'd like to develop. You can add this experience to your resume under "Additional Experience."

3. Volunteer Your Way Into A Potential Job

Colleagues volunteer at a food pantry together

Maybe you don't have the experience to earn the paid position yet. Signing on as a volunteer gives you a chance to learn the organization, build relationships there, and show you have what it takes to succeed in a job.

4. Volunteering Is An Opportunity To Expand Your Network

Two volunteers preparing boxes of donations

Not only will you meet people who support the same cause, you will find people that have personal and professional connections that can help you—especially if you are looking for a job.

5. Exposure To New Ways Of Doing Things

Woman takes notes while volunteering

Seeing how another organization runs things, and being exposed to different ways of managing, brainstorming, solving problems, can provide a fresh way to look at the challenges you face in your paid position.

6. You Can Use It As A Team Building Experience

Colleagues volunteer together at a park

This one goes beyond just you. Do you lead or work with a team? Finding a group volunteering opportunity can be a low-cost way to do good and re-establish positive connections with your team.

Looking for volunteer opportunities? Here are a few links to jump-start your search:


Volunteering is a great way to boost your career while giving back to your community. The next time you're looking for a career growth opportunity, remember these benefits of volunteering and get involved!

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