United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Point of Impact

Why You Don’t Have to Be A “Genius” to Volunteer

Craving professional development opportunities? Trying to raise empathetic, caring kids? Looking to apply the skills you have developed throughout your career in a new venture? Whatever your age or stage is in life, volunteering can make a difference — to both you and the community.

For Dave Lynch, who suffered a cerebral aneurysm in his 50s, volunteerism helped him start over after his long recovery. He joined the K-Ready Reader program in Rockingham, New Hampshire and began reading to preschoolers. At a period in his life when he didn’t feel valued, the opportunity came to Dave at just the right time.

Last year, United Way matched over 3,500 individuals with volunteer opportunities. The benefits of volunteering are wide-ranging. According to idealist.org, volunteering can help boost a career or help land a new job. Volunteering helps individuals expand professional networks, learn new skills, explore new careers, build a resume and show good character and values to potential employers.
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FROM THE BLOG

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Extra Credits
In the hectic days of high school, these four students found the time to become tax prep pros–and help their neighbors find financial opportunity.
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Think Your Kids Are too Young to Volunteer? Think Again.
Launch your kids into the world with a desire to give back, and the need to be part of a healthy community.  They’ll thank you for it. Below are some developmentally appropriate ways to start fostering a lifelong love of service.
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Board Connection
Lend your professional skills and expertise to the non-profit sector by serving on a local board of directors.
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