3 reasons all Kiwis should volunteer

A recent research study found that 80% of Kiwis agree that we have a culture that values and encourages volunteering. But the reality is, only 20% of us who are working or actively seeking work are involved in volunteering.

Around 60% don't volunteer because of time contraints, and for others, issues such as not knowing your passion, or difficulty finding opportunities are factors inhibiting involvement.

"What we would like to see is our actual participation levels matching the perception," says Amanda Robinson, Head of SEEK Volunteer.

So, we've put together the top three reasons why Kiwis of all ages and work types should get into volunteering again, or, for the first time!

1. It makes us a better community.

This is something we all agree on. Everyone can feel the positive effects of volunteering, and 86% of us say volunteering makes our community better and stronger. In a professional capacity - whether you're already employed or currently seeking work - it can help you gain new skills, improve time management, and become a better leader. In short, volunteers are better candidates.

2. It doesn't have to take a lot of time.

People tend to have a very traditional view of what volunteering is but I think Kiwis would be pleasantly surprised about how varied the volunteering needs are," say Ms Robinson. So, if your expertise is in social media or website development, then why not offer up those skills to an organisation or charity of choice? Volunteering can happen from the comfort of your home. It's just as valid, and still immensely rewarding. Ms Robinson added that currently on SEEK Volunteer, there are "opportunities that range from singing tutors, to budget advisors to drivers - all different skill sets and all different levels of time investment."

3. It's easy!

While intentions may be good, we often don't know how to go about getting involved. It's important that the process is simple and intuitive.

Be sure to refine the opportunities on site by selecting a location that suits you, by nominating a cause that's close to your heart, and by giving the time that you've got. It's easy to find your place on SEEK Volunteer!