Ask any volunteer, and you will be regaled with stories about how rewarding it is to help those less fortunate than yourself. It feels great to do the right thing, but many young professionals are learning that there are even more practical benefits of volunteering that they might not have anticipated.
Volunteering your talents to further a nonprofit organization can sharpen those skills and make a positive impact on your resume. If you are not employed, the blank space in your resume can be filled in with time spent doing volunteer work. In a competitive job market, more and more employers are looking at volunteer work as the determining factor between candidates.
Never underestimate the value of networking. Volunteers stand out in the community, and working for the benefit of others is an excellent way to meet potential employers. You will find that many of them attend charity events and often roll up their own sleeves to help. They appreciate the people that are working side-by-side with them.
If helping local kids in Missouri and Kansas sounds appealing, consider volunteering your services to the Love Fund for Children. This extraordinary group of local volunteers helps children when no other funds are available. For more information, contact Katie McMullen at 816-932-9107.