Before I begin, I would like to preface this entry by saying that this isn’t a sales pitch. I’m not a company drone, reciting a script to promote the organization with which I am associated. I write this article because I believe in Jennifer Wigginton and The Literacy Center.
When I began interning at The Literacy Center, I was looking for real world experience as a young graphic designer fresh out of college. During my interview, I was moved by the passion with which Jennifer Wigginton spoke about The Literacy Center. We discussed the significance of literacy and how fundamentally important it is, not only to our community, but on a global scale. I am proud to work for The Literacy Center. The people are friendly and fun, and the environment is inspiring and uplifting. Volunteering with The Literacy Center has given me self confidence in my work which, as a result, has improved in quality.
So, why should you volunteer?
- Work and Life Experience
Volunteers gain important real-world work and life experience to assist with exploring career options, the college planning process, and gaining skill sets for future work. You reap the personal benefits now and well into the future. Colleges, scholarship providers, and the world at large appreciate people who take an interest in making a difference in the world.
The people you meet while volunteering can help you throughout your life. They can write letters of recommendation for your college and career applications, they can serve as job references, and they can potentially help you find a paid position in their area of expertise. At the very least, working with others gives you a chance to build networking skills, which will come in handy later in life.
- A Broader Worldview
You meet a wide variety of people and learn many new things while volunteering. You will be exposed to people and activities that can shape the direction of your life and the way you view the world around you. Community service can even give you a sense of purpose and direction.
Andrew Brown, Marketing Intern