Thirteen years ago, I signed up to be a volunteer at Arc Greater Mid Cities. I wanted to share my personal and professional experiences—the good and not so good. The good experiences to offer hope. The not so good, to share resources discovered on my journey. At times, it was a lonely path and there were many roadblocks along the way. Surely, I had something to offer others. And I did.
Little did I know that my family and I would also benefit from my volunteer work. But we did! Here are some of the many things we learned about:
In short, I realized it was impossible to help others without helping myself and my family. Personal growth comes naturally when helping others grow. Who knew!
If you’re thinking of becoming a volunteer, I hope the benefits above will help you make your decision. Use the Services, Groups, and Events search to find ways to volunteering near you.
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