Why You Should Consider Volunteering

 According to Wikipedia, “Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun.”


 
The Many Benefits of Volunteering
 
Volunteering provides opportunities on many levels and is often a strong consideration by employers when selecting applicants for a position. Volunteering can:

 

  1. Benefit the person as well as the organization
  2. Increase employment contacts
  3. Provide specific training
  4. Broaden social and work networks
  5. Develop or sharpen skills
  6. Provide balance by spending time outside of the practice of law
  7. Introduce you to a new professional path
  8. Increase your confidence and sense of belonging and contributing
  9. Offer a way to make a real and lasting impact and contribution in an arena that matters to you.

 

Types of Volunteering  

Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as law, medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster. And many others volunteer in areas completely foreign to them in order to add a little spice to their life! Some types of volunteering are: 

  • Service Learning Programs

  • Skills-based volunteering

  • Board Service

  • Volunteering in developing countries

  • Virtual volunteering

  • Micro-volunteering

  • Community Volunteering

  • International Work Camps

  • Environmental volunteering

  • Volunteering in an emergency

  • Volunteering in schools

  • Corporate volunteering

One of the best places to start is at Volunteer Match, where you can match your skills and interests with the needs right in your own neighborhood. Put your professional experience, hobbies and other talents to work for the good of nearby nonprofit organizations.

 

In addition, here are some examples of volunteer opportunities of special interest to New Jersey lawyers and law students.

CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey (see Greg's above, below) 

 

The Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties

Grounds for Sculpture

Legal Services of New Jersey

New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice 

 

If you know of any volunteer opportunities in New Jersey or have any suggestions for this page, please email NJLAP at info@njlap.org. 

In the meantime, be adventurous, be helpful, be a part of something bigger than yourself:

VOLUNTEER!