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Written by: Catherine Browne

It’s International Volunteers Day on 5 December, and the Botanical Society of South Africa thought what better a day to share ten reasons why we all should volunteer.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

1. It will warm your heart. There’s nothing better than doing something you are passionate about and care for, while giving back to others.

Young volunteers share a passion for planting. © Catherine Browne
Young volunteers share a passion for planting. ©Catherine Browne

2. It strengthens your community. Volunteering can enhance your community – supporting it, improving it and beautifying it.

3. It’s good for you. Volunteering is good for your physical, mental and emotional well-being. What better way to de-stress?

4. You can learn a lot about the work you are involved in, about humanity and about yourself.

5. It saves resources and uses your time meaningfully. Valuable community service means money can be spent on local improvements. If you’ve got some time on your hands, put it to good use – it’s a win-win.

Volunteers help out in the gardens © The Botanical Society of South Africa Kirstenbosch branch
Volunteers help out in the gardens ©The Botanical Society of South Africa Kirstenbosch branch

6. It encourages civic responsibility and is beneficial to the individual who is volunteering, as well as the general public and the organisation/cause.

7. You gain experience and skills. Volunteering is a great way to test out a career, while the skills and experiences gained make you a more holistic person.

8. It brings people together, establishes strong relationships, and allows you to meet new people. A great way to network and unite people from diverse backgrounds to work together towards a common goal. Volunteering also teaches you teamwork.

Citizen science volunteer plant monitoring with CREW © R.Koopman
Citizen science volunteer plant monitoring with CREW © R.Koopman

9. It promotes personal growth and self-esteem. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and accomplishment, as well as helps you to understand the needs of others and our planet. It fosters appreciation and empathy.

10. You make a difference. Everyone counts and all small acts add up to achieving magical heights.

Botanical Society volunteers prepping plants for annual plant fair © Catherine Browne
Botanical Society volunteers prepping plants for annual plant fair © Catherine Browne

“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Unknown

This International Volunteers Day, the Botanical Society of South Africa wishes to pay their thanks to all volunteers – the roles you play, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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To volunteer with the Botanical Society of South Africa, become a member and/or contact them on info@botanicalsociety.org.za. The Botanical Society of SA is a nationwide NGO with volunteer branches dotted across the country doing great things to spread passion and awareness about environmental education and conservation of our unique natural heritage and biodiversity. Support the Botanical Society by getting a MyPlanet card and making the Botanical Society your beneficiary today!

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