International Volunteer Day is on 5 December so now’s a great time to take the plunge— particularly if you’re newly retired and may have more time on your hands.
But whatever stage you’re at in life, you could find that by helping others you’re helping yourself. Volunteering can help you:
- gain new skills and knowledge
- boost your job and career prospects
- enjoy a sense of achievement and fulfilment
- develop personally and boost self-esteem and self confidence\
- enjoy better physical and mental health (combats depression and stress)
- connect to and better understand the community
- meet people from a cross-section of society and make new friends.
There are so many ways to give your time and explore your passions. The four most common types of organisations for which people volunteer are:
- sport and physical recreation
- religious groups
- parenting, children and youth.2
At AMP we know the value of volunteer work. That’s why we:
- encourage staff members to help others through the AMP Employee Volunteering program
- champion employees through the AMP Unsung Heroes award.
One of AMP’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ is Senior Business Analyst Karen Fisher who has been volunteering with the Children’s Cancer Institute since 2007.
“Volunteering has not only taught me patience, it has taught me resilience…it has grounded me in the reality of life and has given me a new perspective on work-life balance,” says Karen.
To say thank you for Karen’s hard work in the community, the AMP Foundation has made a donation to the Children’s Cancer Institute every year that Karen has volunteered over 80 hours of service.
Get involved today!
So if you haven’t already given volunteering a go, this is your chance. Have a look at volunteeringaustralia.org to see how to get involved in your area.