“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Years later, his legacy and words of wisdom are still relevant and relatable. The more you earnestly invest in volunteering, the more humbled you’ll feel because you know you helped out of goodwill for the small price of a couple hours of your time. By helping a cause you care about, you can make a positive impact and know that you made a difference, and that’s something to feel good about.
It’s more than you doing a good deed, though, if you think about it as a way to develop yourself personally and professionally. You can use your talents to benefit the nonprofit organization while honing your skills. Once you choose a cause or organization that you’re really passionate about, you’ll gain a lot from the volunteer experience; let your passions lead you to a volunteer opportunity or let volunteering help you discover your hobbies and passions. As an added benefit, you’ll meet others with the same interest who could potentially become professional connections.
To get you started in your search, take a look at these Cleveland-area options:
- Cleveland Food Bank – http://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/give-help/volunteer
- MedWish International – https://www.medwish.org/give/volunteer-info/
- Playhouse Square RedCoat – http://www.playhousesquare.org/giving-support-main/volunteering
Alternatively, go to a website like http://www.volunteermatch.org where you can narrow your search based on criteria like location and area of interest.
If you miss being involved in the college community, don’t forget that you’re a member of the CWRU Alumni Association. From the list of volunteer opportunities, start small by finding your local chapter to volunteer to help while reconnecting with fellow CWRU alumni in your area. https://case.edu/alumni/engage/get-involved/