Volunteers aren’t paid. Not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Socially, the benefits of volunteering show up quickly and have long-term effects. Social interaction improves mental and physical health, according to Psychology Today. The benefits of consistent socializing include better brain function and lower risk for depression and anxiety. You also improve your immune system.
Another more well-known benefit of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need.
Volunteering also provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge while making a difference for others.