It really is ok to ask, “What’s in it for me?” In fact, volunteering can be a great way to develop skills, learn more about career options, make friends, garner new professional contacts, develop your professional network, get exercise, spend time outdoors/with animals/with kids, or even just shake up your routine.
Yet, volunteers rarely speak of the benefits of volunteering to themselves – maybe it feels a bit too self-centered, or too far from the altruistic vision of the “selfless” volunteer. But who says that doing good and enjoying yourself while meeting your own personal/professional goals can’t happen at the same time? Part of finding the right volunteer opportunity is being honest about what you hope to learn and accomplish.
If in the process of meeting your personal and professional goals, you are also serving as an effective volunteer, helping to meet the goals of your particular volunteer project or role, and/or helping to move an organization’s mission forward, it’s a win-win situation.
Register for the Base Volunteer Program and find your win-win opportunity today!
- The President’s Volunteer Service Award
- Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
- Volunteer of the Year
- Volunteer of the Month
- Unit Volunteer Award
- Investing in your community
- Learn new skills
- Fill your resume gaps
- Network and build working relationships with individuals within the community
“My husband serves our country as a Marine, and volunteering has allowed me to serve the communities that we are part of. Keeping my resume active, building new skills, meeting new people and having amazing opportunities …but for me the most rewarding is the ability to give back to a community that in some fashion has given so much to us. One of the first things I look for when we PCS is where I can volunteer.” ― LS, MCB Camp Pendleton Volunteer
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of our L.I.N.K.S. program. Without their support and dedication, this program would not be where it is today… We are able to influence and educate so many and it is all due to the team of wonderful volunteers who simply want to give back to our Marine Corps community.” ― Family Team Building L.I.N.K.S Trainers