There are tons of benefits to reap from summer volunteering: increased happiness and health, professional growth, new connections, positive impact on the community, and all the warm fuzzies that go with it. Here are five reasons why you should spend your summer volunteering:
- You'll learn new skills
From work-specific skills, such as learning how to work with children or chart information, to increased communication and work ethic, you'll be hard-pressed to not gain something from your summer volunteering hours. It's a great self-esteem booster and looks great on future resumes and job applications!
- You'll be able to narrow down your career interests
Summer volunteering is the perfect way to test a career possibility before devoting your life to it. With the variety of programs available, it will be easy to find one that fits with your interests and career goals. Choose to volunteer in dental or health programs, with children, or whatever peaks your interest.
- You'll meet tons of new and interesting people
A summer volunteer programs will give you the opportunity to meet people from all around the area. Gain a new perspective by chatting with new people! Exposure to different generations and different ways of thinking expands our understanding of our world and can teach us more than any textbook.
- You'll beef up that resume
A summer spent volunteering proves that you rae genuinely passionate about the community, which looks a lot more impressive than a temporary job. In addition, you'll gain new and different skills. Volunteering is a great conversation starter for any interview as well!
- You'll get healthier
Whether it's because you're moving around and interacting or simply getting out of the house, volunteering is linked with mental wellness and decreases rates of depression. Physical fitness improves, heart disease rates drop. Plus, you'll get the warm fuzzies from lending a hand, which comes with its own set of positivity.
Ready to volunteer? Here is a list of summer opportunities in the Oshkosh area.
- Oshkosh Y Charity Golf Outing
Monday, July 8, 2019
Seeking volunteers to work various shifts. Opportunities include: event set up, registration, selling raffle tickets, beverage station help, hole games, hole-in-one volunteers, event cleanup and more. Volunteers are provided a light breakfast, snacks, water, and dinner following the event. Interested parties should contact Abbey at email@example.com
- Oshkosh Area United Way Stuff the Truck
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Oshkosh Area United Way is looking for a couple extra people to help gather and sort any donations at their Stuff the Truck event on Tuesday, July 9. Available shifts begin at 11 am and end at 7 at the latest.
- Oshkosh Public Library
July 29-August 4
Shifts available: Mon-Thurs 8 am-8pm, Friday 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm
Volunteers needed to help encourage and coach artists during a community art initiative, Space City. Space City is a weeklong community art build that runs July 29-August 4. Contact Sandra Toland at Toland@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org for more information.
- Oshkosh Area United Way
Oshkosh Area United Way needs a few extra hands to help stuff bags for the Back to School Fair, which supports local students who live in low-income living situations. Please contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
- Free Oshkosh Community Dental Health Clinic
Thursday, August 15, 2019
You are invited to participate in a free dental and vision event coming to Oshkosh, WI on Thursday, Aug 15, 2019, from 9am - 3 pm at the Menominee Nation Arena (1212 S Main St, Oshkosh). The event is being sponsored by the International Pathfinder Camporee. Participation from local professionals is vital. We need optometrists, dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and opticians who are community minded and have a desire to provide better health to those in need. To be a part of this rewarding health event, contact event coordinator Randy Griffin, DDS, at 317-409-3260 or email to: email@example.com. ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE COVERED BY A $10M MALPRACTICE/GENERAL LIABILITY POLICY.
- Farmer's Market in Oshkosh
Available every Saturday from 8-noon
The farmer's marketing is seeking an individual or two to help loan wheelchairs to people who need them. If interested, contact Beth Roberts at 920-236-1225 if interested.
Saturdays all summer
Work with children with disabilities and take them into the community for activities. Contact Kristie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Do you have an opportunity that you would like to add to this list? Contact Nicole at email@example.com or 920-235-8560.