Make Volunteering Your New Year's Resolution

by Jared Paben

Make Volunteering Your New Year's Resolution

Happy new year!

Looking for a new year’s resolution? Spend more time volunteering for a good cause in 2014!

About 1 in 4 Americans volunteer, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. That report found that about 1 in 3 Oregonians volunteer. Become one of those people who helps improve the world.

If you already volunteer, do a little more of it in 2014. That same Volunteering and Civic Life in America report found that Oregonians are spending more time volunteering. In 2012, the state had an average of 42.1 volunteer hours per resident, up nearly 6 percent over the year before.

Also consider donating to a good cause this year. Volunteering and donating go hand in hand. Eight in 10 volunteers donated in 2012, compared to 4 in 10 non-volunteers. If you can afford it, do both.

"As we enter 2014, Oregonians should consider volunteering as their new year's resolution - one that will better the world and improve the lives of those volunteering," said J. Michael Schultz, co-chair of the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. "Volunteering can leave people feeling more personally fulfilled and engaged in their communities. Data also shows it can help people make connections and gain experience and skills that will prove useful when they look for a job."

Have we persuaded you to volunteer? Click here for links to organizations in your area that list volunteer opportunities.

Posted on January 21, 2014 in Volunteering.