There are often several factors that come into play when deciding how to gift one’s time through volunteer work. For many, it’s sharing a passion for the mission of a particular organization or finding that perfect opportunity to utilize a specific skill set. Whatever the reason for volunteering, there is no doubt that doing so can have a significantly positive impact both for the organization being served and the individual serving.
Why do I volunteer at Birthright? It sounds like an easy question but for me, it’s been a bit of an evolution. At first, when I realized I had some time to give and felt the need to give in a more “substantive” way than just strictly financial support, I looked to the people in my church community for ideas on where and how I could help out. Where would my time be well invested and provide me with a psychological and emotional return on investment? Several people whom I admired were volunteering at Birthright St. Charles and suggested I look into it.