Gina shares her thoughts on the impact of skills-based volunteering.
The intangible benefits of giving have been explained and demonstrated in a variety of ways. They never lose their relevance. Giving a helping hand to those in need is welcome in most circumstances, but when you get to apply your skills to help not one person but many, the satisfaction multiplies.
Skills-based volunteering is a win-win concept that contributes to the development and success of many charitable causes. Simultaneously, it re-energises and revamps the talents and skills of the volunteers. It is an impactful way of giving back by channeling volunteers’ passions and abilities for the benefit of people who are true in need of them.
The value generated by this kind of relationship is priceless.
Together skills-based volunteers and non-profits are meeting a broad range of needs such as trusteeships, accountancy, digital marketing, media, communication strategy, finance and management, to name a few.
From the perspective of a volunteer’s career, according to Linkedin, 41 per cent of hiring managers consider volunteer work to be equally as valuable as paid work; 20 per cent of hiring managers in the US agree that they have hired candidates because of their volunteer experience, and 27 per cent of job seekers are more likely to be hired when unemployed if they are volunteers.
Reach Volunteering works in partnership with Linkedin to recruit volunteers from the millions of professionals registered with this professional platform. Whether you’re a marketing executive at a large company, a business owner who runs a small local shop or even taking a career break, volunteering your skills could offer you that rewarding feeling you have been looking for. The Reach self service platform is the perfect way to find the opportunity that suits you – and once you are registered, charities can find you too.
By creating a profile and searching for volunteering and trustee opportunities, you can contribute to social good and multiply your potential!
“Skills-based volunteering is an essential ingredient of a well-functioning third sector and a well-functioning economy. As the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK, Reach Volunteering does tremendous work in helping both charities, volunteers and societies fulfil their potential. I am proud to be an Ambassador for their important work.”