Volunteer work is incredibly important. The work of volunteers is vital to make the world a better place. According to the Dictionary, a volunteer is “a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.”
There are so many different ways that we can use our individual talents to give back to our community. Whatever talent or passion you have, there is a volunteer position where you can use it. Everything from artistic ability, mental ability and physical ability can help in some way. You might as well put your skills to good use and volunteer wherever you can.
There are thousands of incredible places to volunteer your time and service. Whenever I get the chance, I love to volunteer with kids. It is incredibly fun, and there is never a dull moment. It is such a rewarding experience. Volunteering with kids will change your life.
When you have encounters with kids, many people believe that it will purely be a time of acting as a babysitter and maybe teaching them a few things along the way. You might go in with that attitude, but I promise that you will learn more being around kids than in any other situation.
The moment I was in the sixth grade, I started volunteering my time as a small group leader at my church. I thought it was just going to be me watching the kiddos and teaching them a little bit about Jesus. I wasn’t expecting anything more.
Over the years I continued to be a small group leader at my church. I hung out with the kids every Sunday morning. Then I started doing extra things like volunteering at the summer church camps with my group of kids and volunteering at our annual event TC Toys. No matter what I did, I was always doing something where I was interacting with kids. I did this until my senior year of high school.
Now I’m a sophomore in college, and I can promise you that I grew so much as a person being around those kids. I would not be the person I am today if I had not spent so much time around a variety of children. Back when I started volunteering, I was only twelve years old and going through the phase where I thought I knew everything, but wow was I wrong.
I was supposed to be a teacher to these kids, but they taught me more than I ever imagined. I started to look at life through the perspective of children, and it really opened my eyes. Kids don’t worry about what other people think. Kids don’t judge others for their appearance or the things that they like. Kids see the good in others. Kids are constantly curious about everything they see. Kids are fearless.
Volunteering with those kids made me grow as a person. It seriously changed my life. It made me more confident. It made me realize that everyone has a story. It made me realize that being unique is cool. It made me realize that there is so much to discover in the world. It made me realize that I needed to take more risks.
If you have never spent time with kids, I challenge you to go find a place where you can volunteer with children. It can be pretty hectic, but I promise that you will learn so much and grow as a person.