Why Giving Truly is Better Than Receiving
Though the holiday season between November and December is the busiest time of year for organizations that help military families and veterans, it’s important to note that helping families in need is a year-round, full time job. Now that the new year is underway, it’s time to think of ways to make 2015 a great year for military families and veterans.
While charitable donations of all kinds are greatly appreciated and accepted by organizations that help military families and veterans, volunteering your time is perhaps the most valuable charitable donation of all. However, the benefits of volunteering aren’t just helping military families and veterans. In fact, volunteering boast several mental, physical, emotional, and in come cases even spiritual benefits.
Donating your time and energy to organizations that help military families and veterans is an excellent way to meet other like-minded members of your community and unite under a common cause. Volunteers often report feelings of renewed purpose and well being from volunteering.
This is especially true of retirees who may struggle to find meaning after ending their careers and entering into their new phase in life. Also, for millennials or others who are struggling to find work in their career field, volunteering is an excellent way to build and strengthen your resume, skills, and professional network. Many volunteer positions often turn into permanent, part and full time jobs.
However, even if you’re short on time, there are several ways in which you can give back to the veteran and military family community. For example, the bitter cold has placed winter clothing donations as a high priority. If you’re short on time, you can schedule a clothing donation pick up in order to have the articles of clothing picked up from your home or work. This is just one of many examples of how you can give back.