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The Importance Of Volunteering - Teen Ink
Volunteerism is a significant driver of political, economic, and social development. Because it builds inclusion, ownership, solidarity, and social cohesion, volunteerism has the potential to lead to stronger communities, capacity development and increased social capital. Governments around the world have not only acknowledged the importance of volunteerism, but also adopted laws and policies designed to support and promote volunteerism in their countries. Others have created programs that address specific issues identified as national priorities, or established volunteer centers or councils which provide information, training, education, and CSO-volunteer matching services. As the world prepares for the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Volunteer in 2011, it will be important for NGOs, governments, and the international community to assess the lessons learned from the adoption of these new laws and policies over the last decade.
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Since 2001, the year designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the “International Year of Volunteers (IYV),” governments around the world have come to recognize volunteerism as one of the primary drivers of political, economic, and social development. As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated in 2008, “achieving the Millennium Development Goals will require the engagement of countless millions of people through volunteer action.” With support from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), bilateral aid programs and multilateral agencies many governments have gone further and moved from acknowledgment of the importance of volunteerism to adoption of laws and policies designed to support and promote volunteerism in their countries.
The Importance of Volunteering – Volunteering is one of the most important things you can do as an individual. Volunteering results in you improving lives, solving problems, strengthening communities, increasing hope, and transforming yourself for the better! Yes you will have to donate your time but it is a worthy investment in making yourself and others happy.I urge you to reflect on the importance of volunteering. As you stop and think about some of the issues affecting your local community, are there opportunities for you to get involved? If you already are volunteering, have you ever talked to your friends and co-workers about your experiences? If youre not giving back in some way, you may feel a sense of disconnection, in which case you are not alone. According to the 2013 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior survey, roughly half of our high school kids do not feel like they matter to adults in their community. If you want to help close that gap, and develop stronger ties between generations and among your fellow adults, consider getting involved. I promise you wont come away disappointed, and your community will be better off because of your service.A very timely analysis of a major challenge facing nonprofits today - how to properly assess social impacts and the important contributions of volunteers.The Importance of Volunteering – Volunteering is one of the most important things you can do as an individual. Volunteering results in you improving lives, solving problems, strengthening communities, increasing hope, and transforming yourself for the better! Yes you will have to donate your time but it is a worthy investment in making yourself and others happy.