Adrian Goh Guan Kiong on Volunteering
PROFILE OF ADRIAN GOH GUAN KIONG
Dead once but found Christianity
A family man and a Christian who volunteers overseas (Indonesia, Myanmar and other countries)
Enjoys writing (written articles on fire safety, building management, Mental wellness), reading, 80s and 90s music buff, mountain climbing (In Malaysia)
WHY IS VOLUNTEERING IMPORTANT?
One of the reasons why volunteering is important is because it provides vital help to charities and worthwhile causes, especially to those in need and the entire community.
In fact, lots of organizations and charities depend on volunteers because they are often only partially funded by the government or the local councils and cannot pay the salaries of all of their employees. In fact, the jobs done by many charitable organizations wouldn’t have been done at all, were it not for volunteers. That is because there is no means to pay the workers who would have done it. And where there may be a means, there may not be people willing to do the work -for instance, red cross volunteers, in a war zone. So, volunteers stand in the gap, despite the challenges.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING?
Of course, for those receiving help, the benefits of volunteering are obvious. It doesn’t matter whether it’s offering free English lessons to kids in a developing country or helping to pick litter at the local beach, the benefits to the recipient and the community at large are not only the reason why you choose to be a volunteer in the first place.
But have you also wondered or realized how important volunteering can be for those who do it? As a matter of fact, volunteering has its benefit to the people who do it either part-time or full time. This may include reasons like relieving stress, fighting depression, and achieving your set goals.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
- Build confidence.
- Make a difference.
- Meet people.
- Be part of a community.
- Learn new skills
- Volunteering helps you take on a challenge.
TYPES OF VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
There are quite a several volunteering activities you can get involved in. Of course, this list is not the ultimate list, because volunteering could be anything. But the list gives you an idea of what volunteering opportunities are there. Rest assured, there are lots more.
- Fundraising and administration
- Religious volunteers
- Environmental volunteers
- Helping children and young people
- Assisting the Elderly or disabled
So, now you know what volunteering is, why it is important and its advantage on volunteers. You found types of volunteering as well. So, are you going to give volunteering a chance in your little way?