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what are the benefits

Develop new skills

Skills-based volunteering is an excellent opportunity to develop talents to help you get ahead in your career. In fact, an article in Stanford Social Innovation Review called skills-based volunteering overseas “the next executive training ground.”

Build your experience

More and more people agree that volunteering in a new industry will give you knowledge to help you switch fields. And if you want to move from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector, volunteering first can help prove your commitment.

Better overall health

A Corporation for National & Community Service report noted: “Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.”

Feel like you have more time

Wharton professor Cassie Mogilner wrote in the Harvard Business Review that her research found those who volunteer their time feel like they have more of it. This is similar to research showing that people who donate to charity feel wealthier.