Volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely. Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. As a volunteer you have made a decision to help on your own accord. Volunteers express a sense of achievement and motivation, and this is ultimately generated from your desire and enthusiasm to help.
Every effort by a volunteer can make a difference. It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what you can do is make someone’s life brighter and better.
Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. But did you know that it can have many benefits for you too? Here are some reasons to volunteer:
Studies have shown that volunteering increases health and longevity. But the real virtue may be in the pleasures gained in the process — seeing a smile or hearing a thank you from a disabled member who appreciates your kind effort to listen to them or helping them with a task.
Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop a new skill.
Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Volunteering is limitless, you could also plan and implementing a major fundraising event and can develop goal setting, planning and budgeting skills. You may wish to recruit your family and friends so that volunteering can be very meaningful and fun for everyone.
Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s wellbeing. What better way than starting your volunteering experience with HWA.
As HWA is a non-profit organisation, we depend on fund-raising efforts such as Flag Days to raise the much needed funds for HWA. Our next Flag Day is Sat, 15 Sept 2018. If you are able to approach members of the public to share donate any amount, we would you to sign-up with us. Schools who want to earn their Community Involvement Programme can also join us to earn your much deserved points.
As part of our reintegration efforts to help the public to show their support for disability, we organise annually our signature event Wheel, Walk or Jog where members of the public and the community are invited to participate in 3.5 km walk around a designated park. Volunteers will help out with the logistics and to accompany people with disability around a park. They will also welcome them and help them in any way such as getting food for them and bond with them. We will also provide wheelchair trainings for all. We believe that everyone should give back to their community because volunteering will make our community a more comfortable and pleasing place to live in.
Although the physical benefits of garden therapy have not yet been fully realized through research, the overall benefits are almost overwhelming. For those recovering from major illness or injury, gardening therapy programs can result in increased elf-esteem and self-confidence for all participants. For those with green fingers, if you like to help maintain our beautiful garden, you may wish to help maintain our garden or even propose using recycling items to liven up our garden.
Our volunteering opportunities do not end here, if you represent a Corporation or Community Group, and have a great volunteering proposal such as organising an outing for our members to places of interest, you are most welcome to speak to us, we will be happy to hear from you.