Why charity volunteering is one of the best ways to spend your time
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'Voluntary' - the word that seems to contain an active repellent whenever included in a job advertisement. It seems in today's society that if it doesn't pay, we're not interested. This is a sad reality for the charity sector. Charities reach out to those who need our help the most, and, contrary to popular belief - what will earn you a fat wallet won't necessarily be the most worthy use of your time. I spend a lot of my time donating what I can to charitable organisations - whether that be a couple of coins in a supermarket collection, a tweet spreading the word for the cause, or an hour or so getting involved with events. Here's why getting involved with volunteering could be one of the best decisions you make this year. 1. There's an opportunity for everyone Music your thing? Then there's a festival out there with a charity partnership that would love your help. Aspiring athlete? Challenge yourself and get involved with one of the thousands of sponsored sporting events that happen every day up and down the country. Into the arts? There's all sorts of charity productions and arts festivals that need your help. It's not all about bucket shaking and cold calling - you could make a huge difference just by coming along and slapping a smile on your face. 2. Sample future careers One of the biggest things I've noticed about volunteering is its reactivity. Often the events have so many exciting things going on at once, that its a great opportunity to stick your fingers in so many pies and collect as much experience as possible. You can even do a test run of future careers that you've been contemplating - whether it's business and events management, PR and communications or the charity sector, then this could get you some practical experience to gloat about in interviews and help you decide whether it's the right path for you. 3. Meeting incredible people
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