Ralph Waldo Emerson writes,
“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.”
National Volunteer Week, a program established by Points of Light in 1974, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year since its inception, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected officials.
National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.
Long Islanders give of their time each and every day to make at difference in the lives of their neighbors. Our volunteers provide crucial services in every Long Island village and town. Giving back to your community and making a difference can impact your life in more ways than you realize.
Benefits of Volunteering
as shared by New York Cares…
- You’ll Connect With People: Not only will you connect with individuals in your community that need your help, but volunteering is also an opportunity to make new friends. Volunteering with others is a great way to build those lasting friendships, as shared, meaningful experiences keep all of us connected.
- You’ll Gain Professional Experience: Use volunteering as an opportunity to explore other skills or interests. This is your chance to try out other possible career paths without having to job-hop. As a volunteer, you will be able to enhance your résumé with a myriad of new skills all learned while volunteering
- You’ll Follow Your Passion: Maybe you spend all day at a desk and miss the great outdoors? You can sign up to clean up a park or garden near you. Maybe your roommate is allergic to pets? Walk a dog at a local animal shelter. Whatever your passion – you can get reacquainted while volunteering.
- You’ll Strengthen Your Community: As a volunteer you help to support youth and families, improve schools, beautify the environment, and more. When organizations utilize volunteers, they are providing important services to people that really need them. When a community is doing well, individuals are better off too (and vice versa).
- You’ll Feel Better (Mentally and Physically): Volunteering reduces stress – experts agree that when you focus on someone or something other than yourself, it interrupts the usual tension-producing patterns. Volunteering also makes you healthier. The joy and optimism felt when helping someone else strengthens the immune system.
Come join us at our Volunteer Fair at SUNY Farmingdale this Friday, April 17, 2015. Meet with many of Long Island’s nonprofit organizations: Volunteer Fair
or click on this link for our online volunteer opportunities:
or use this link to view our: Spring Volunteer Opportunities List
Start experiencing the joy that comes from Volunteering!
About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round, and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.