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Improve your mental health & career: why you should volunteer

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Taking part in volunteer work gives you the opportunity to share your passions and use your abilities and skills to strengthen your community. Volunteering doesn’t just positively impact your community though – it can have a major impact you. Improved mental health, social connectivity and career progression are all potential perks of giving up some of your time to help others.

How can volunteering improve my wellbeing?

Volunteer work is an excellent way to help your community while strengthening your ties within it. Working for an organisation or cause that appeals to you or that you’re passionate about will introduce you to like-minded people who share a common interest.

“I volunteered for a sustainability organisation when I first moved to Brisbane five years ago – it’s how I met several of my closest friends,” says Nikita Oliver, Digital Marketing Officer for Mercy Community.

“Volunteering while studying introduced me to so many different people I otherwise don’t think I would have met. It’s also how I found out about Mercy Community and ultimately how I ended up landing a job working with them.”

Along with improving feelings of loneliness and social isolation, participating in community service has shown to improve:

How can volunteering improve my career?

If you’re looking to build your experience and improve your employability, volunteering is a fantastic way to do so.

Volunteer work can also give you the opportunity to:

Volunteering in an organisation you’re eager to work in could also lead to you landing a job with them.

“You may start as a volunteer but when roles become available, we will always encourage you to apply for them,” says Talent Acquisition Partner for Mercy Community, Tiffany Jordan.

“If you have experience working in the area, or even better have experience in the program, this is something our team will certainly take into consideration.”

How can I find volunteer work near me?

Facebook groups and community noticeboards are a great resource for finding local opportunities. Most organisations that offer volunteer roles, like Mercy Community, will also list opportunities on their website so be sure to check them regularly or sign up for their newsletters so you don’t miss out.

What are the benefits of volunteering with Mercy Community?

We’re glad you asked! Here’s what you can expect when volunteering with Mercy Community:

Take your first steps in becoming a volunteer with Mercy Community today.

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