Volunteers play a major role in the daily life of the Marine Corps community. From helping out at special events, working with youth, supporting children in our childcare programs, sharing your computer expertise, or assisting with fundraising or volunteering on a community board.

Volunteering offers vital help to people, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer.

Here are three reasons why you should consider giving back this holiday season.

  1. Volunteering is great for the mind, body, and soul. Helping others increases your levels of happiness and appreciation. Volunteering can also get you out of the house, helping you to spend quality time with friends or loved ones while at the same time helping those in need. Volunteering also sets a great example for your children, as kids learn how to live selflessly through helping others.
  2. You feel more connected. Volunteering is the perfect bridge to your community and unit. As a Marine Corps family, you may have recently PCS 'd and are hoping to meet people at your new installation. Volunteering in your community or within your unit is a great way to get started. If your Marine is deployed and you are looking to connect with other spouses or families, volunteering is a great way to make those connections!
  3. Expand your horizons. Volunteering and helping others can also help advance your professional skills and provide better job prospects. Volunteering can:
  • Provide an opportunity for valuable training.
  • Offer you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment.
  • Gain experience in a new field.
  • Expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your current career.
  • Be listed on your resume to demonstrate a wide variety of professional skills.
  • Provide military spouses and teens great life and work experience and give them an opportunity to explore career options.

The Transition Readiness and Family Member Employment Assistance Programs at your installation offer free workshops, one-on-one assistance with resume development, job application and interview preparation assistance, all vital skills that spouses and teenaged family members need to succeed in both employment and educational world.

Still searching for more in-depth assistance regarding volunteer opportunities? Contact your installation’s Transition Readiness, Family Member Employment Assistance, and Marine Corps Family Team Building staff.

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