When you volunteer with the Wisconsin Rapids Area Habitat for Humanity you will be joining a community of people who are passionate about making a difference. Helping your local Habitat group build their next house can also be personally rewarding.
Sense of Purpose and Satisfaction
Volunteering for a worthwhile cause can give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction that reaches beyond your personal boundaries. We have volunteers who come back to help year after year. On a personal level, the importance of this can't be overstated.
Heightened Mental and Emotional Health
Volunteering can be beneficial for mental and emotional health. Studies have shown that volunteering can reduce stress levels, combat depression, enhance self-esteem, and decrease feelings of social isolation.
Volunteering offers an opportunity to develop and enhance skills. Volunteers can develop intangible skills such as project management, communication, and leadership; or kinetic skills such as basic carpentry, framing, or painting. Many gained or enhanced skills can be useful in both your personal and professional life.
Networking and Relationship Opportunities
Volunteering can provide opportunities to meet new people and expand one's social circle. This can be helpful in many ways, from simply making new friends to enhancing career prospects. Not only does volunteerism look great on your résumé, but we can never tell how far the connections we make will ripple out from us and into our community, only to later return to us carrying new opportunities for friendships or career advantages.
Increased Empathy and Understanding
Volunteering can also help to increase empathy and understanding towards others by gaining a greater appreciation for the challenges and struggles others face. This gives us a deeper grasp and appreciation of the impact of our actions can have on the world around us.
Awareness and Appreciation
Connection to other altruistic-minded individuals helps us to remember that, despite the gloom and doom the news media batters us with, there is still a lot of good in the world, including right here in our own community. This awareness leads to appreciation for what we already have. Appreciation contributes directly to our happiness.
Volunteering to help build a house involves physical work, such as lifting and carrying building materials, using hand tools, and working outdoors. This is a great way to stay active and engage in a healthy pursuit while also doing good for the community.
One of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering with Habitat is seeing the tangible impact of your work. When you help build a house, you can see the progress made each day, and you know that you are contributing to the future of a family in need. It's an incredibly satisfying feeling to know that your efforts are helping to provide a safe, stable home for them.
But volunteering with Habitat is about more than just building houses, it can be a transformative experience that can enrich your life in many ways. By helping to provide affordable housing for low-income families, you will be building a better future for them, and that helps to build a better future for the entire community.
Along the way you will form new relationships, grow as a person, gain valuable experience, and become a real difference maker. These are the building blocks of a legacy that we will be remembered fondly for achieving.
If you're interested in helping build a house for a family in need and building your own personal legacy, please let us know.