Millennials, the generation born between 1982 and 2004, have the reputation of being less giving than previous generations, but surveys show that simply isn’t true. In fact, millennials already volunteer more per capita than both baby boomers and gen x-ers, and their numbers haven’t even peaked yet.

Why Millennials Should Volunteer

If you’re one of the many millennials who’s looking into volunteering, you may be surprised at how beneficial it can be. Volunteering isn’t just good for your community, it can be good for you too, especially if you’re a millennial. Here are some reasons why millennials should volunteer:

Volunteering makes you feel better. Volunteering isn’t entirely selfless; it can help you too. Supporting a cause you feel passionate about simply feels good, even if all you have is an hour of your time to give.

Volunteering is good for your career. Many millennials find themselves stuck with a great degree and education, but little experience. Participating in a volunteer opportunity that utilizes your skills can be a huge boost to your resume and give you the real world experience that employers want to see.

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Volunteering builds and strengthens relationships. Volunteering is a feel-good, social activity that makes it the perfect choice for a date, a family day out, and a chance to make new friends. There is just something special about the way people come together when they work for a good cause.

Volunteering is good for the community. Whether it’s a community garden, an animal shelter or another cause, non-profit organizations help make the community better, and many of them depend on volunteers. Find a cause that you’re passionate about and start volunteering – you’ll be happy you did.

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