People volunteer for a number of different reasons, ranging from a desire to help others to learning new skills. At the Histiocytosis Association, one of the most common reasons we hear is that someone offered a helping hand when they needed it most and now they are ready to give back. Here are a few more reasons why people volunteer for the Histiocytosis Association.
It Feels Good
It gives you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people within the Histio Community. Making the journey a little easier for a histio patient or parent is one of the best feelings in the world. There is nothing more rewarding than feeling needed or feeling like you’re part of a community by furthering our mission of raising awareness, providing education and funding research that will one day be part of the ultimate goal, finding a cure for all histiocytic disorders.
It’s Good for You
Volunteering has healthy and positive personal benefits. Benefits include making new friends, building confidence and gaining experience. You can grow professionally by utilizing and developing your skills in communication, organization, time management, planning and budgeting. It can also help open up fresh opportunities you may not have thought of before volunteering.
It Builds Relationships
One request we often receive focuses on the need to meet and talk to other families who understand and who know what it means to travel the histio journey. Spreading awareness in your community through volunteer activities is a great way to develop relationships with local histio families and with community and business leaders.
Volunteering is fun and fulfilling, allowing you to experience many diverse opportunities not always available to you elsewhere.
Studies show volunteers usually lead richer, happier and more satisfying lives than those who don't volunteer. Now you’re probably saying to yourself, “How do I get started?” Well that’s an easy one: you can start right here!