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Jul 16

Benefits of Volunteering by Robyn Benda

Posted on July 16, 2022 at 10:07 AM by Genesis Gaule

Big Event HelpersUND Big Event volunteers at the library

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is you contributing some of your own time, effort, and talent to help people in our community. Volunteers support our community and add to them in their own unique way using a wide variety of skills, knowledge, and experience. So why volunteer? It sounds like I work hard using my talents with very little reward. 

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”  
- Winston Churchill

The benefits and rewards of volunteering can last a lifetime, not only for those who you are helping, but for you as well. If you are on the fence about diving into a new volunteer experience or having doubts about whether volunteering is right for you, you may find yourself surprised at just how much you can gain from taking the plunge. 

Here are some ways volunteering can affect you positively:

Book sale VolunteersFriends of the Library Book Sale volunteers

Meeting New People

Everyone loves new friends! Being a part of a team with a common goal will help form bonds with strangers that can be life changing. Volunteering creates an opportunity to connect with people with specific shared values and common interests. 

Our teen volunteers have dedicated their time to the Summer Reading Program. Each week our volunteers are learning with our summer reading children and making new friends.

teen-volunteersTeen volunteers at Summer Reading Program

Expanding Your World

Volunteering might take you to a new part of your community you never been to before. Learning about cultures and ways of life that are different from one of your upbringing will increase your social flexibility and expand your world view. 

Our volunteer Therese comes to the library once a week to tutor Abdi and his brother. Abdi and his family moved to America less than a year ago and has shown patience and determination in learning to speak, read, and write English.

Learning New Skills

Throughout life, we develop social and professional skills that promote personal achievement. Using those skills for a wider, communal impact can be even more fulfilling. Volunteering will enrich your life and give you a broader purpose and a boost of motivation. 

Volunteering offers you new skills that can be used throughout your career, as well. When you have volunteering experience to add to your resume, you stand out over job candidates who don’t take the time to give back to society. Volunteering highlights your character, passion, and determination!

GGYP Volunteers 2Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals tackling spring cleaning

How Do I Start?

There are many local non-profit organizations that need volunteers. Volunteer opportunities ranging from health care and mental health, sports, childhood development, food pantries and libraries. 

Need help finding the right volunteer opportunity for you?
Here are a few places to start:

  • Search online for organizations in your interest area and see if they have a volunteer page on their website
  • A few volunteer websites to search:,,, and
  • Contact local community centers, senior centers, or food banks to find out if they need volunteers--they usually are! 

Volunteer at the Library! 
Volunteers are an integral part of the services we provide. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for most ages and skill levels! No previous experience is necessary. Contact Robyn at (218)773-9121 / or fill out our Library Volunteer Interest Form to get started.


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