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I hate The Man. You hate The Man. One suspects that even The Man, in his weaker moments, hates himself. If working exclusively for this cruel master has extinguished your spirit, it’s time you embraced the world of volunteering.

There are innumerable worthy organisations across dozens of different fields that are crying out for assistance, from schools and hospitals to environmental groups and emergency services. You can solicit donations for charity. You can act as a coordinator at a community event. You can coach a children’s sporting team. You can help out in an op shop. You can assist the disabled. You can do some paperwork for the SES. You can work in the school tuckshop. You can plant a tree. You can provide company to the residents at a retirement home. You can be on duty at a local museum.

According to the latest statistics, a third of the population performs voluntary service, with 35-44 year olds being the most community-minded age group, and inhabitants of rural areas being more likely to raise their hands than city folk. The four types of organisation that attract the most volunteers are sport/recreation, education/training, community/welfare and religion, while the four most common types of activity are fundraising, preparing/serving food, teaching/providing information and administration. As for the most common motivations, the top three are ‘helping others or the community’, ‘personal satisfaction’ and ‘to do something worthwhile’.

What all this shows is that there is ample opportunity for the remaining two thirds to pitch in. It also demonstrates that helping others can leave a person with a warm glow. Furthermore, volunteering is a great way to make friends, learn new skills, build confidence, be active and make the world a better place.

Still not convinced? Then read these inspirational stories.

For more information, visit these websites:

Volunteering Australia
Volunteering NSW
GoVolunteer
Community Builders
community.gov.au
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