Living in a society that is built around money, it may seem strange, that many people willingly do jobs that are unpaid.
Society has taught us that if we work hard, we will be able to attain better jobs, and in turn, have more money. Money will make us happy and we should always be working towards that next promotion, and competing with our peers.
But as society continues to advance, and many are getting richer, numerous studies have shown that happiness does not necessarily increase when our income does, and can in fact, have an adverse effect. America, one of the richest nations in the world, is becoming increasingly less pleased with life.
If you’re someone who’s feeling rather dissatisfied with your own life, then let me point you in the direction of volunteer work.
Where should I volunteer?
To answer this question, you need to decide what you want to get out of it. For many, volunteering allows people to help out in an area that they feel strongly about. Perhaps homelessness is a big issue within your community and you want to help fix this? What do you feel strongly about?
Many volunteer to learn new skills and become more employable. Maybe there is something that you want to learn, or maybe there’s a gap in your CV that you want filling?
Or maybe you want to get back into an old hobby, and you think your skills could really benefit an organisation. Perhaps you’re skilled in photography, and you think an organisation could really benefit having a bit of help with their marketing.
Create Oldham is a non-profit organisation in the heart of Oldham which aims to encourage creativity while bringing our community together and reducing social isolation. We are built up of both staff and volunteers, and both work hard to keep our organisation ticking.
We want you!
At Create Oldham, we are always on the lookout for new volunteers and welcome people with all different skills and skill levels. If you think you have something you could offer us, or are not sure what you could offer, but are wanting to get involved anyway, then please come in for a chat!
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”