Getting involved as a volunteer on the Sunshine Coast can be one of the most powerful and rewarding ways you can help a local charity in your community.
Volunteers are the backbone of everything Wishlist does. Since 1998 our volunteers have contributed more than 16,000 hours of volunteering which has enabled Wishlist to raise in excess of $19 million.
There are so many benefits to volunteering; it can help improve your mental and physical wellbeing, as well as coming with many social and professional opportunities for you.
Here are some of our top reasons you should consider volunteering with a local charity like Wishlist.
Gain a sense of purpose
Volunteering is a great way to give yourself a sense of pride, achievement and purpose. Even if it’s just short term or one event, it’s a great way to give yourself something fresh to renew your direction in life. If you feel passionate about what you’re doing, you have somewhere to build from. Often, people who are retired, or have yet to start their own career, find it very fulfilling to fill their days with something like volunteering.
Make new friends
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and forge strong friendships! When you volunteer you will be surrounded by friendly, like-minded people with common interests who are coming together to make a difference. It can help you feel like you are truly a valued part of your local community. The people you meet could end up being lifelong friends, or great connections later on in life.
Do something good to give back to your community
Doing good feels amazing! By volunteering you can do a good deed and give back to your community. People often love to volunteer at organisations that have helped them in the past, or that have helped their family members. Even by just raising awareness, you can do a lot of good for your community.
Build your life skills and resume
Volunteering is a great way to learn new life skills, as you will likely explore a range of different positions and new activities. You can learn things like problem solving, time management, and how to work well with others. These are skills that you can use in other jobs, and you can even add your volunteer work to your resume. Having volunteer experience can help you stand out to employers, and gives you a more well rounded outlook on the world and work. Often employers are looking for candidates who have attributes similar to volunteers, and can show that they’re compassionate, dedicated and work well in a team environment.
Boost your confidence and self-esteem
Volunteering can actually help boost your confidence and self-esteem. By putting yourself in new situations and learning new skills, you can improve your social skills and start to feel better about yourself. Confidence can often stem from a lack of knowing how to do something, so as you push yourself more and more, you will gain the confidence to handle any new task or situation that comes your way.
There’s lots of fun to be had
Depending on what position you are volunteering for, it can actually be a lot of fun! Many volunteer positions involve a lot of fun events and activities, and so often it doesn’t even feel like work. You get to meet a diverse range of people, and be a part of making a difference in your community so the benefits of volunteering really are are many and varied!
Volunteer with Wishlist
Wishlist is a local Sunshine Coast not-for-profit organisation that helps support local families who are facing a medical crisis through the provision of medical equipment, service support, affordable accomodation, education and research. Click here to see exactly what this support means.
At Wishlist there are a lot of diverse volunteer roles for people of all different skill levels. You can explore the different volunteer opportunities here, and see how you can make a real difference in your local Sunshine Coast community.