Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving.
Volunteering takes many forms and is performed by a wide range of people. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work in, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Other volunteers serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster or for a beach-cleanup.
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When volunteering you are giving something back to our club by lending a helping hand to fellow fly fisherman and other fly fishing organizations. What you may not realize is that volunteering also benefits you as an individual. There are many good reasons to get involved in the fly fishing community, including learning something about yourself.
- Make new friends
- Connect with your community
- Share your skills and gain new ones
- Feel needed and valued
- Meet new people from all walks of life
- Experience something new
- Promote a worthwhile activity
- Develop self-esteem and self-confidence
- Make a difference