PM Article – Definition of VOLUNTEER


Definition of VOLUNTEER

A person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service


– Sachin Sood,VP – Volunteering

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change people’s lives, including your own. It gives you the satisfaction of playing a role in someone else’s life, helping people/ organizations. Volunteering is a way of giving back to your community while developing important social skills, and gaining valuable work experience all at the same time.

If you’re looking for work, volunteering is a good way to gain experience and references for your course of life. Many people work unpaid in order to gain experience in very competitive fields. You’re bound to get more out of it than you put in. The More you Give, the More you get.

There are so many beneficial ways of getting involved in and giving back to your community of PMI Profession. Not only is volunteering a rewarding experience, but it helps you with professional guidance and creates reputations amongst fellow practitioners. By giving up a few hours of your week to PMI Local Chapter (BANGALORE INDIA CHAPTER) by volunteering to help in building a cohesive environment and help them in running their flagship programs such as Footprints, PMPC etc. Why not spend a little time helping others, because in the end, what goes around comes around.

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Volunteering is not only effective, but it’s a good way to meet people, learn, and develop social skills. By helping or supporting others, you learn and use new skills.

Volunteering is important for numerous reasons that benefit both the community and the volunteer themselves. When someone donates a handful of time, the difference made is tremendous and it shapes a community for the better while the experience improves the person who donated the time.

A volunteer also benefits themselves because they get to see how their contribution has made a difference. This experience contributes to personal development especially in areas such as self-fulfillment, self-confidence, and self-esteem which often flourish in the midst of volunteering experiences. The selfless act of volunteering provides a spiritual enhancement as well. Knowing that you made a positive impact on someone is an emotionally uplifting experience that can never be matched by money or fame.

Donating time now will also aid in the future. Volunteering strengthens present skills and also shows an employer that an effort has been made to make an improvement. Such skills include communication skills, ability to work with others, ability to take direction and lead others, dedication and time management. Employers realize that as a volunteer you must be able to prioritize your schedule in order to devote time for activities that benefit others. When employers see active volunteer work on a resume, they are much more likely to hire said person rather than someone who doesn’t volunteer. Employers are aware that most people who offer their time are conscientious, honest and hardworking individuals.

These are just a few reasons why volunteering is important. Not only does it bring hope and happiness to people, but it also leads to spiritual and personal growth. It is an experience that cannot be bought with any amount of money.