To volunteer is to give of yourself in service to a cause. It is about freely giving your time to help an organization, your community, or an individual. And this giving of your time and service is done free of charge, without expectation of compensation and without coercion. To volunteer means to act on behalf of something or someone else. It is done by people with a desire to do good. It is done willingly – by choice. It is done without pay. And it is done to promote positive change or help someone in need (YALI online resources)

Why you should volunteer

Volunteering is multi-faceted in its importance to our society.  It enriches our society, brings us together as a community, and helps keep businesses and other organizations afloat. Volunteers are integral to our society. However, there’s much more to being a volunteer than giving back. You can get so much out of volunteering.

Not only is volunteering important because it helps to better your community, it also helps to better you as an individual. Volunteering is a free way to feel good about yourself. The best part is that you get to share that positivity to those you’re volunteering with, you get to gain experience for free.

This feel good feeling is actually shown to decrease your risk of depression because it keeps you active and helps you make new, fulfilling connections. Additionally, it’s a good way to reduce stress that may come from work or your relationships.


One reason people hesitate to get involved in volunteer work is that they don’t know where to start. Lucky for those in Nigeria, though, you have a great volunteer opportunity just a short drive from you. SI4DEV has over 20 location groups in Nigeria.

Volunteers at SI4DEV not only have the opportunity to grow individually. More importantly, they’re helping to enrich the lives of people around them through fun, interactive community involvement. Learn to volunteer today.

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