BY TAYLOR SCHWEITZER
Helping the community starts with one act of kindness.
Conestoga College students who have volunteered in the community feel that it’s beneficial to be involved with organizations that they feel are important.
“Volunteering can feel like a chore if you don’t see the benefit to what you are doing,” said Billy Eaton, a second-year early childhood education student. “Students should find organizations that they feel will make a difference in the world or that speak to their ideology.”
There are a number of volunteer centres in Waterloo Region that offer students different ways to get involved.
“Volunteer K-W has over 500 active positions that are updated daily on our site,” said Jane Hennig, executive director at Volunteer Action Centre of K-W and Area.
Students can sign up for volunteer opportunities, like gift wrapping at Fairview Mall and extra Santa Claus Parade participants that best suits their schedule.
“Reduced stress is one benefit to volunteering, but, of course there are other benefits related to healthier lifestyles that vary with the individual,” Hennig said.
At Conestoga College, the Career Hub can help students with volunteer questions on Doon campus.
“I believe that more students should volunteer in the community because it really makes a difference,” said Chelsea Wright, a first-year business marketing student. “Not only do you learn a lot, but you also gain professional experience and grow as a person. It really boosts your self-esteem.”
For more information, you can contact Volunteer KW at 519-742-8610 or Conestoga College’s Career Hub by dropping in with questions or contacting staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.