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The Benefits of Volunteering in College and How to Get Involved 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Delhi North East chapter.

Volunteering during college can provide many benefits that extend beyond the academic realm. It allows students to gain valuable experiences, develop new skills, and make a positive impact in their community. In this article, you can explore the benefits of volunteering during college and how to get involved.

Benefits of Volunteering in College

Develop new skills

Volunteering can provide students with opportunities to develop new skills that they may not have had the chance to acquire otherwise. For instance, volunteering as a tutor can help a student develop communication and leadership skills. Volunteering at a hospital can help students develop compassion and empathy.

Gain valuable experiences

Volunteering can also provide students with valuable experiences that can help them stand out to potential employers. For instance, volunteering at a nonprofit organization can provide students with experience working in a team environment, managing projects, and working with diverse populations.

Make a positive impact

Volunteering provides students with the opportunity to make a positive impact in their community. By volunteering, students can contribute to causes that they are passionate about, such as supporting the homeless, working with children, or environmental conservation.

Network with professionals

Volunteering can also provide students with the opportunity to network with professionals in their field of interest. By volunteering at a nonprofit organization or community event, students can meet professionals and gain insights into potential career paths.

How to Get Involved

Research local organizations

The first step in getting involved in volunteering is to research local organizations. Students can search online or visit their college’s career center to find volunteer opportunities in their community. They can also reach out to local nonprofits or government agencies to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Consider the time commitment

When considering volunteer opportunities, students should consider the time commitment required. Some volunteer positions may require a significant time commitment, while others may be more flexible. Students should choose opportunities that fit their schedule and availability.

Determine areas of interest

Students should also consider their areas of interest when choosing volunteer opportunities. By choosing opportunities that align with their interests, students are more likely to stay engaged and committed to the cause.

Reach out to the organization

Once students have identified volunteer opportunities, they should reach out to the organization to express their interest. This can be done through email, phone, or in-person. Students should inquire about the application process, any required training, and the start date.

In conclusion, volunteering during college can provide students with valuable experiences, skills, and opportunities to make a positive impact in their community. By following the steps outlined above, students can find volunteer opportunities that align with their interests, schedule, and goals.

Leena Joshi

Delhi North East '24

Leena Joshi is a social entrepreneur, climate advocate and author. She is the founder and executive director of Ethereal, a youth-led climate nonprofit, with 9000 volunteers in 60+ countries. She has sat on boards and advisory councils for various organizations. She has been a member at Harvard Business Review Ascend Select and has provided insights to editorial, marketing and product teams of HBR and has contributed to research projects by HBR. Leena's work has been featured by World Bank Group, United Nations Climate Change, United Nations Foundation, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, Feminist and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organizations including World Bank Group, Greenpeace USA, 4ocean and Plastic Pollution Coalition. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored books including 'The Climate Awakening' and 'Ethereal' and writes poetry about social impact.