Why should you do volunteer work?

CAREER - to build your resume; to develop skills or to learn
new skills; to make career contacts

ESTEEM - to feel better about yourself; to feel needed and
feel like you are making a contribution

SOCIAL - to act in a socially desired way (ie) helping those
less fortunate

VALUE - to allow you to act on deeply held beliefs about
the importance of helping others

PROTECTIVE - to relieve yourself of unpleasant feelings
like loneliness and guilt

UNDERSTANDING - to better understand the people and
organization you serve; to better understand yourself

Scholarship committees, potential employers, college admission boards, etc. view volunteering positively and can often give you an edge. 

Many organizations have volunteer opportunities.  Check with local businesses and organizations to find opportunities that allow you to gain experience and knowledge in areas you are interested in.
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