Volunteering Helps the Community but Mostly Helps You!

Since arriving in our new community of Beaumont, I’ve noticed the vast opportunities for volunteerism.  Being an artist, I of course started looking in the direction of the arts to where I might best use some of my skills.  I used to write newsletters for our branch at work so the combination of my interest in producing art and writing skills soon led me to volunteering to help write articles for the Artists’ Association of Beaumont (AAB), a non-profit group, I proudly belong to now.  It has led me to participate in other volunteer activities as well.

While it helps the AAB, I am always aware that volunteering provides me with so much benefit as well!   How you ask?  

Being new to the community, volunteering introduced me to some new friends who have some of the same interests.  Volunteering helps you feel connected to others.   It also provided me with a sense of purpose and a natural sense of accomplishment.  Helping others can bring new meaning and direction, especially if you are retired.  It can bring fun and fulfillment to your life.   

Volunteering has also been shown to help to protect your mental and physical health, and by keeping me mentally stimulated and actively participating in the community, I believe that is true.  It counteracts stress and anxiety through connections you make with others.

For those with careers, volunteering can help you get experience in an area of interest and network with people in that field.   It creates opportunities to practice skills such as problem solving, project planning, communication, and organization. Many volunteer positions provide training that can be of benefit for overall career growth.

But I would say the best benefit, is that it brings FUN to your life as you explore your passions and interests and can be an escape from your day to day routines. 

Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time.  There are opportunities that are shorter term, that you can share benefits from.  Start by examining what your volunteer goals are and ask questions.  Try a short term volunteer activity to see if it’s a good fit.  Most of all – ENJOY YOURSELF!

The Artists’ Association of Beaumont is hosting a one day event – Beaumont Art Walk on August 13th.  It’s a great opportunity to try your hand at volunteering to support a community event right here in Beaumont.  There are several short term jobs available, and the group is making it extra fun by providing a volunteer T-shirt you can take home to enjoy in commemoration!  Be part of the event – you don’t need to be an artist to participate!  See if any of your volunteer goals align with the activities we need help with.  You can contact the volunteer coordinator, to discuss what roles might work for you!  Contact Laurel Aitken by email to artistsassociationofbeaumont@gmail.com or via the contact us page in ArtinBeaumont.com.  Hope to see you there!

Written by Betty Schriver

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