One of the questions I always ask Hamilton students and others who volunteer, is why they do it. Is it because someone helped you in the past and you want to pay it forward? Is it for a resume builder? Is it a moral obligation?
So tell me, why do you volunteer?
Here are some of the answers I have received over the years:
I volunteer because I like to do it, it makes me feel good to know that I am making a difference and helping others who are not as privileged as me. I think a lot of people take what we have for granted and don’t stop and think how we could help others.
I love to volunteer because it is so rewarding to see how just a little effort on your part can make such a big difference to an individual or community. I wish I had the time and money to volunteer more or participate in bigger projects.
I like helping people and I know I appreciate it when people I don’t know volunteer to help in my community at home. It shows that I value/appreciate what my community has done for me and therefore I take the initiative to, for lack of a better phrase, "give back"
I volunteer because it's a fun way to meet new people while simultaneously helping others. All of the problems in the world sometimes make me feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Volunteering with HAVOC allows me to feel like I am taking a step toward solving these problems. I know that kindness can't solve every problem, but I definitely think it can solve a lot of them. If everyone just spent a few hours a week helping others, the world would be an infinitely happier place.