National Volunteer Month is being celebrated all through April. The month is an opportunity to recognize the power volunteers have in strengthening communities, tackling societal issues and shining a light on the causes that inspire their work. The BHP thanks our volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to the fight against childhood hunger in the Baltimore region. Each week, the BHP blog will highlight one of the many benefits of volunteering. This week we are focusing on the social benefits of volunteering.

Not only does volunteering better your community, but it also helps expand your own social network. By committing to a shared project with others, volunteering can help build closer relationships and strengthen bonds. Additionally, if you are in a new area, volunteering is a great way to strengthen your ties to the community, and broaden your social network. Volunteering provides a unique space for people to connect those who share their interests and values, regardless of their age, ethnicity or social circle. In addition to sharing an interest in your designated project, volunteers tend to possess many of the same personality traits, such as the willingness to step out of their comfort zone, a propensity for team activities and a desire to contribute to the well-beings of others. Because volunteering is open to everyone, it allows you to meet a wide range of people from all walks of life. 

“My highlight of volunteering with BHP is being able to be a part of hope for others in the community!”

“BHP is a revolving door to the community. We have several volunteers coming in and out daily, partners dropping off donations, school volunteers picking up food…there is always a new face and friend walking through the door!”

 

Jessica Kaplan, Bucknell University, Class of 2021 Intern