Volunteering means “doing something without getting paid”. It refers to offering one’s efforts and services for free. Why would someone do something for free? Why should you do it for free?
There are many non-profit organizations which require volunteers to help them in functioning. The type of non profit can be any, ranging from education and relief work to orphanages and old homes. Since they don’t earn for paying their staff, they rely on donations and volunteers to work on their cause. You can find organizations who are working for the underprivileged or for spreading awareness regarding health etc. and work with them. What you can also do is, search for someone who is working for a cause that YOU are passionate about. It can be anything if it is beneficial for the society. Volunteering doesn’t necessarily means working for an organization, if you offer to help someone for free is called volunteering as well. For example: teaching an underprivileged child weekly.
Also read: Giving Makes you Happier and Healthier
In Quran, Allah ta’ala says:
“Help one another in acts of piety and righteousness. And do not assist each other in acts of sinfulness and transgression. And be aware of Allah. Verily, Allah is severe in punishment”al-Maaidah: 2
Not only this ayah motivates on helping ach other in doing good, but also, it stops us from being a part of anything that might invade other people’s rights.
What is the reward for helping someone in need?
Abu al-Yasar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever would love to be shaded in the shade of Allah, let him help someone in hardship or waive a loan.”Sunan Ibn Mājah 2419
Volunteering not only has rewards in the hereafter but also it is beneficial in this world for our psychological wellbeing. A research examined the psychological wellbeing of individuals age 55 and above based on their time volunteering and monetary donations given 9 years earlier. The study showed that volunteering or giving monetary donations has direct “positive effect” on psychological wellbeing of adults. So not only being helpful to others gives you happiness but it also makes you healthy psychologically.
How can you volunteer?
- Volunteering can be done for variety of tasks:
- graphics design
- cooking (in a shelter)
- emergency reliefs
- collecting donations
and many more…
- Look for orphanages, old homes or street school near your home, school or work. Offer to provide your services for examples on weekends or in the evenings.
- Volunteering can also be done from home. For example: designing posters for charity event or managing an online presence (social media marketing).
- You can volunteer full time in your summer and winter vacations.
- Ask your friends to join in your efforts.
- Teach an underprivileged child.
Choi, N., & Kim, J. (2011). The effect of time volunteering and charitable donations in later life on psychological wellbeing. Ageing and Society. Retrieved from: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/ageing-and-society/article/effect-of-time-volunteering-and-charitable-donations-in-later-life-on-psychological-wellbeing/FD56C48FD2F8F68C642B29867B99CFA1