Volunteer With Davidson County 4-H
The power of volunteering has been well documented for thousands of years. However, new research
is shedding even more light onto its surprising benefits. Science is now proving what leaders and philosophers have known
for years – volunteering impacts those who serve just as much as those who are being served. Forbes magazine recently
published five interesting perks of volunteering many may not consider.
1. Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time. Research shows that those who volunteer their
time feel like they have more of it. This can make you feel more “time affluent” and less time constrained than
wasting your time or spending it on yourself. This is similar to the theory that those who donate to charity actually feel
2. Volunteering your skills helps you
develop new skills. Skill based volunteering is an excellent opportunity to develop talents to help you get ahead in your
3. Volunteering your body helps you have
a healthier body. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports “Research demonstrates that volunteering
leads to better health…those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates
of depression later in life.”
your experiences helps build your experience. According to a survey of over two hundred human resource executives, skilled
non-profit volunteer work makes job applicants look more appealing to hiring managers.
5. Volunteering your love makes you feel more love. When researchers at the London School
of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, they found that the more people volunteered,
the happier they were. Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile.
Davidson County 4-H is always in need of new volunteers and we have endless opportunities
available to use your talents to impact the lives of young people. One of the best ways to do this is becoming a club leader.
A 4-H club is a wonderful way for youth to make new friends, learn new skills and develop leadership and citizenship potential.
Effective clubs have ten to twenty members, meet monthly and work on projects of interest to the enrolled youth. The direction
your club goes is completely up to the club leader and members. As 4-H clubs are developed, leaders practice something
we call “Learn By Doing.” This phrase sums up the educational philosophy of the 4-H program. Young people
learn best when they are involved in their learning. The intent is to do, reflect, and apply.
4-H helps young people recognize the connection between independence and responsibility,
for decisions made and action taken. Being involved in a successful 4-H club means that members learn to set priorities, and
manage their time so that they can achieve results! If being 4-H club leader sounds like something you would like to explore,
give us a call at 242-2086.