Connect with Others

Volunteering helps you make new friends and contacts

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteers are often instrumental in helping to hold a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and other volunteers can be a valuable source of inspiration and an excellent way to develop your interpersonal skills. 

Did you know, volunteering is actually a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to support with your time and experience. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering. You never know who you will meet, what you will learn and where your new relationships could take you.

One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to Fort Saskatchewan. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills

While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy or have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests and a common goal. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

“Great things are done by people who think great thoughts and then go out into the world to make their dreams come true.” - Ernest Holmes