Motor City Hypnotist Podcast with David Wright-Episode 68 Benefits of Volunteering, part 2

Benefits of Volunteering , Part 2 Show Notes In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast we are going to talk about Volunteering and the surprising benefits to your mental health. And I’m also going to be giving listeners a FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE! Stay tuned! INTRODUCTION What is up people? The Motor City Hypnotist Podcast is here in the Podcast Detroit Northville Studios. Thank you for joining me on this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast. I am David Wright and with me is my producer Matt Fox. FIND ME: My Website: https://motorcityhypnotist.com/podcast My social media links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motorcityhypnotist/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCjjLNcNvSYzfeX0uHqe3gA Twitter: https://twitter.com/motorcityhypno Instagram: motorcityhypno If you would like to contribute financially to the show, you can find me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/motorcityhypno?fan_landing=true FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE https://detroithypnotist.convertri.com/podcast-free-hypnosis-guide Please also subscribe to the show and leave a review. (Stay with me as later in the podcast, I’ll be giving away a free gift to all listeners!) This episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast is brought to you by Banner Season. Online marketing is saturated and people rarely open their emails. Are you in sales or does your business market to customers? How do you connect with family, friends, and clients? Banner Season takes your marketing into the “real world” by delivering kindness and thoughtfulness directly to your client’s physically. Imagine the excitement of your family, friends and customers as they receive personalized cards and gifts in their mailboxes. Go to bannerseason.com/fantastic and begin today to express kindness and make connections with others. https://bannerseason.com/FANTASTIC WINNER OF THE WEEK; Bernie Knobbe and Tim Belavich https://www.today.com/pets/man-als-finds-home-senior-dog-3-days-dying-t208488 Helpguide.org Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even feel happier and healthier. Learn how to find the right volunteer opportunity for you. Why volunteer? 1. Volunteering connects you to others. 2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body. 3. Volunteering can advance your career. 4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life. Benefit 1: Volunteering connects you to others Benefit 2: Volunteering is good for your mind and body Benefit 3: Volunteering can advance your career Benefit 4: Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life How to find the right volunteer opportunity • Would you like to work with adults, children, animals, or remotely from home? • Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? • Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role? • How much time are you willing to commit? • What skills can you bring to a volunteer job? • What causes are important to you? Where to find volunteer opportunities • Community theaters, museums, and monuments. • Libraries or senior centers. • Service organizations such as Lions Clubs or Rotary Clubs. • Local animal shelters, rescue organizations, or wildlife centers. • Youth organizations, sports teams, and after-school programs. • Historical restorations, national parks, and conservation organizations. • Places of worship such as churches or synagogues. • Online directories and other resources (see below). Getting the most out of volunteering You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. To make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit: Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. Sample questions for your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience. Make sure you know what’s expected. You should be comfortable with the organization and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed. Don’t be afraid to make a change. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit or feel compelled to stick with a volunteer role you dislike. Talk to the organization about changing your focus or look for a different organization that’s a better fit. If volunteering overseas, choose carefully. Some volunteer programs abroad can cause more harm than good if they take much-needed paying jobs away from local workers. Look for volunteer opportunities with reputable organizations. Enjoy yourself. The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and unfamiliar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed. Where to find volunteer opportunities VolunteerMatch – Find opportunities that match your volunteer interests, from location to type of work. (VolunteerMatch) Idealist – Find volunteer opportunities in your local area or internationally. (Idealist) National and Community Service – Federal organization offering volunteer positions across the U.S. (National Service) Volunteer – Directory of environmental volunteer opportunities. (Volunteer.gov) U.S. Peace Corps – Offers volunteer opportunities overseas and includes a 50 Plus division. (Peace Corps) American Red Cross – Volunteer in any of the Red Cross’s key service areas. (Red Cross) Change your thinking, change your life! Laugh hard, run fast, be kind. David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT The Motor City Hypnotist