Benefits of volunteering

Benefits of volunteering

Good volunteering is not just about giving time, volunteers and their employers should get something back. Here are some of the benefits to business, volunteers and the wider community:

  • Volunteers report increases in leadership, communication, and teamwork skills of between 65 and 80%. [1]
  • Volunteers get to see how different “businesses” operate
  • 96% of employees and their managers believe that workplace skills can be gained from volunteering.[2]
  • Volunteering can increase volunteers’ longevity, improve their mental health, keep them fitter, and enable them to cope better with illness when it occurs [3]
  • Volunteers involved with ESV schemes felt that they benefited from their participation in broadly the same ways as volunteers in general; foremost they got a sense of satisfaction from seeing the results (67%).[4]

 

[1] More than CV points? The Benefits of Employee Volunteering for Business and Individuals The Social Market Foundation, March 2010
[2] Volunteering is the Business,  2010 YouGov.
[3] Volunteering and health: what impact does it really have? Volunteering England 2008
[4] Caring companies engagement in ESV. Institute for Volunteering Research

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