Rewarding Yourself and Others Through Volunteering

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Credit Unions know all about the benefits of volunteering. We have a volunteer board of directors, and giving back to our members, as well as our communities, is part of the credit union culture. Of course, there are so many other organizations and individuals who volunteer their time and expertise for various worthy causes. Why do they do it? Because volunteering makes everybody stronger.

A Stronger Community

There are so many ways to volunteer in Nevada and at the same time make your community a better place to live. From supporting local families, helping children and seniors, tutoring students, or beautifying parks and trails, you can find an opportunity in every town. You can start by doing some online research or talking with family and friends about places they like to volunteer.

A Better Resume

Talk about a great way to learn new skills and gain experience. When you do volunteer work you’re not just giving your time, you’re growing your knowledge base as well as your social network. In fact, many potential employers look for new team members who have demonstrated the desire to give back and get out of their comfort zone. So, volunteering is good for boosting your resume, too!

More Motivation

A sense of achievement is the best form of motivation. When you volunteer your time and skills, you feel needed and valued, which can help boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. This overall sense of happiness generally motivates you to accomplish even more.

A Larger Social Network

There are all sorts of organizations out there in need of help. From coaching to building houses to helping with the environment, you’ll find something that you’re passionate about. In the process, you’ll also get to work with other volunteers who share your same interests, which means you’ll be growing your social network, too.

At Greater Nevada, our employees volunteered more than 1,500 hours in 2014 to organizations such as our local schools, Special Olympics Nevada, Relay for Life, Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity, Food for Thought, Nevada Humane Society, The Salvation Army, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, and many other worthwhile causes. As with many Nevada based businesses, being part of the community is part of our culture.