Volunteerism is a skill builder
4-H members and families are encouraged to volunteer as a part of career exploration.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released that the rate of volunteerism in the U.S. dropped slightly to 25.4 percent. This data is based on a supplement to the September 2013 Current Population Survey. Despite the minor decrease, the BLS data also indicates:
- Women are more likely to volunteer than men.
- The largest percentage of people volunteering is 35-44 year olds.
- Married individuals are more likely to volunteer than non-married.
- Parents with children that are under the age of 18, volunteer more than people without children.
- The more education a person has, the higher the rate of volunteerism.
In addition to building the philanthropic spirit, volunteering can boost your job and career options by:
- Providing the chance to learn and develop new skills.
- Building experience for the job or career for which you aspire.
- Providing a venue to meet people and build your network.
- Providing an opportunity to explore a job or career of interest to see if it is really a fit for you.
- Building self-esteem and social skills depending on the role or task.
- Developing your values or providing an opportunity to reflect on your values and grow as a person.
Volunteering is a win-win for all! Michigan 4-H involved 20,324 adult and 6,376 teen volunteers in 2012. What a great opportunity to foster career exploration and job skills! Michigan State University Extension recommends recognizing and embracing the power of volunteerism as a tool for building skills by celebrating National Volunteer Week April 6-12, 2014.