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Many Hands Make Light Work: Why YOU Should Be A NALS Volunteer

Posted By The NALS Board, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We have all heard this idiom before, but have you ever thought of it when you think about all the opportunities and benefits that NALS provides to you, both professionally and personally?  Volunteering for anything—whether for an association, for a charity, or for a project at work or in your local area—offers more than just a benefit for the community you are serving.  

According to an article in Forbes, there are five benefits to volunteering that many do not often realize are possible,:

  1. Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time.  Surprisingly, research has shown that individuals who give time to a cause outside of their regular work or personal routines often feel as if they have more time. We know there are only 24 hours in a day, but wouldn’t it be nice to feel you are not as rushed because you are remarkably accomplishing more in that time frame than you thought possible?

  2. Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills. Before you volunteered, did you know how to organize a big fundraising event or lay out a newsletter or build a website?  Learning new skills is just one of the many benefits of volunteering.  Employers and organizations have found the technical and leadership skills that people attain through volunteering to be beneficial, and thus many have begun to invest more in those programs and in the people who seek out volunteer opportunities.

  3. Volunteering your body helps you have a healthier body.  When you volunteer, you increase your physical activity level and some have even been able to combat depression through social activity.  Studies have even shown that volunteering can lower your risk of heart disease.  This sure sounds easier than going on a strict diet, doesn’t it?

  4. Volunteering your experience helps build your experience.  This may seem like a no-brainer statement, but many who have taken time to volunteer have gained enough experience to make a career switch or bolster their résumé enough to advance beyond their current positions.  Have you been looking to expand your role at work, make more money, or broaden your experience base?  Volunteering can help you do just that!

  5. Volunteering your love makes you feel more love.  Studies have found the more people volunteer, the happier they are.  “Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile.”  Disneyland may arguably have the right to call itself “the happiest place on Earth,” but shouldn’t you also be able to make your heart the “happiest place” anywhere?  Volunteering with friends helps get you to that place.


NALS has many opportunities for volunteers.  No job is too big or too small when many people get together to do their little bit to advance the greater mission.  

  • Are you afraid to try something new?  Well, we have awesome and skilled volunteer leaders and staff who can help you whenever you have questions.  

  • Don’t have too much time to give?  NALS has task forces and committees which can offer smaller opportunities to contribute for limited periods of time or engagement.  

  • Not sure where to look to volunteer?  Look no further than our website for opportunities big and small, short- and long-term.  And if you are confused as to where you think you might fit in, you can always reach out to a board member (email us at board@nals.org) or to any NALS Resource staff member, and we will be happy to talk to you about your interests and find a place for you.




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