Helping others in need is probably at the top of that list of the reasons why we volunteer. But there are additional benefits to becoming engaged in the communities in which we live or go to school. Volunteering helps us discover who we are.
We realize our strengths and improve or learn new skills. Volunteering gives us new experiences and exposes us to new people, contacts who may serve as mentors or even future employers.
Sometimes, we can even earn college credit for our volunteer efforts.
So yes, volunteering feels good because we're helping others and giving back. But when you volunteer, you're also helping yourself.