Volunteering has many benefits. It gives people self-confidence and satisfaction, social contact, the ability to use previously established skills or develop new ones, a chance to follow their passion and a possible start to paid employment.
Why should you volunteer?
- Meet New People and Build Community – Being a part of a team with a common goal will help you form bonds with strangers that can be life-changing. Volunteering inherently means helping people, and that means you’ll be creating meaningful relationships with others and increasing your social interactions.
- Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Ways of Life – Volunteering might take you to a new part of your community you have never been to before. Volunteer programs can give you the opportunity to bring people in to your social network you otherwise wouldn’t get to meet and learn from those who come from different walks of life. This experience can expand your understanding of others who are different from you.
- Gain a Sense of Purpose and Become Happier – Volunteering has been shown to give you a sense of accomplishment and increase feelings of happiness. Using those skills for a wider, communal impact can be even more fulfilling. Volunteering will enrich your life and give you a broader purpose and can give you a boost of motivation.
- Boost Your Self-Esteem – Stepping out of your comfort zone and building new skills is the best way to develop your self-esteem. Volunteering will increase your sense of pride and thus, your self-confidence!
- Accrue the Health Benefits of Volunteering – It’s true! There are many physical benefits that come from volunteering, and most important is that it can help reduce stress!
- Advance Your Career by Improving Job Prospects – Volunteering will offer you skills that can be used throughout your career development. If you are wanting to change to a new career, especially a new environmental or social impact job, volunteering in that new field can help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need.
- Increase Your Brain Functioning – Every volunteer opportunity has its own set of tasks, and some of those might require you to learn new skill sets and challenge yourself. This means you’ll be keeping your brain busy and limber!
Volunteer in Vanderhoof!
If you are interested in volunteering in Vanderhoof, please check out the organizations listed below, or go to the Vanderhoof Volunteer, Activities and Clubs Facebook page to find current opportunities! If you know of an organization looking for volunteers that is not on this list, please contact our Communications Coordinator.
Connexus Community Resources
Nechako Healthy Community Alliance
Carrier Sekani Family Services
Early Years Services
Nechako Valley Food Network
YMCA of Northern British Columbia
Vanderhoof Farmers’ Market
Vanderhoof Hospice Society
Omineca Safe Home Society
Circle of Hearts Society for Women
Good Neighbours Committee
Vanderhoof Men’s Shed Society
Nechako Valley Food Network – Vanderhoof Community Garden
Vanderhoof Clippers Speed Skating Club
Vanderhoof Curling Club
Vanderhoof Minor Hockey Association
Vanderhoof Minor Football Association
Nechako Valley Figure Skating Club
Rip’n the North Bike Club
Nechako Valley Sporting Association
Vanderhoof Youth Soccer Association
Vanderhoof Youth Slow Pitch Association
Vanderhoof Offroaders ATV Club
Vanderhoof 4H Clubs
Vanderhoof Air Cadets
Nechako Valley Cattlemen’s Association
Vanderhoof Community Foundation
Vanderhoof Flying Club
Vanderhoof Girl Guides
Nechako Valley Exhibition (Vanderhoof Fall Fair)
Vanderhoof Kinsmen & Kinettes
Nechako Valley Rodeo Association
Nechako Valley Search and Rescue
Omineca Pony Club
Non-profit and community organizations, clubs, groups, and associations rely on volunteers to be able to serve the community. Please fill out the form of the volunteer needs of your community group below.