Make a Difference. Volunteer!


Looking for something to do to fill your day?  Why not be a volunteer?

Yeah, I know volunteering takes time and energy, and it can be hard work.  You might find yourself doing and learning new things which can be challenging and even a little scary.  So why does anyone even want to go there?

Well, here’s a reason:

Volunteering is good for OTHERS!

The world is far from perfect, and many children, schools, and places in the community need help.  In our school system, administrators, teachers & staff try to meet every child’s needs, but it is impossible for them to do it all.

Volunteers can make a difference when someone or something needs help.  When we volunteer our time, money, or talents, we help make our school system or community a better, more productive environment where people work together to make life easier for all.

Need another reason to volunteer?  How about this one:

Volunteering is good for YOU!!

I know you’re thinking, “Right, what’s in it for me?” The answer is, plenty!

By volunteering for an ongoing program, volunteers can see growth and change.  Whether working with children who are learning to read or mastering a new math skill, volunteers can actually see progress and achievement first hand. This reinforces the volunteer’s own sense of worthiness and validity of our school system.

Here are some other things you receive in return for volunteering:

  • Make new friends
  • Gain important skills & experience that may benefit you in another aspect of your life
  • Make connections that can lead to a job or career
  • See more of your community
  • Build confidence & self-esteem
  • Feel needed & important
  • Gain satisfaction at getting things done & helping others
  • Tap into your creative side
  • Get active & healthier
  • Relieve stress
  • Fight boredom
  • Spend time doing something that makes a difference
  • Feel like you are part of the community
  • Have fun!

There’s nothing more fulfilling than realizing how much of an impact a volunteer can make. Volunteers working together to organize the purchase of school supplies or feed the children of our community can follow-up and see for themselves how the project has enriched the students’ lives.  Just a few hours of helping can turn into a lifetime of opportunity which is one of the greatest benefits of volunteering.

Hmmm…It looks like being a volunteer gives as much good stuff to you as it does to those you are trying to help! That, my friends, is the secret of volunteering. People who become volunteers usually lead richer, happier, and more satisfying lives than those who don’t volunteer.

Organizations all over the world depend on the giving nature of volunteers. But volunteers reap satisfaction and numerous benefits from volunteering too.  By just giving a little bit of your time, you can make a huge difference in the life of a student, teacher or organization.

Ready to get involved at MCPS? Check out how to be a volunteer at

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