You hear of volunteer work more and more these days. PILR would not be able to run as efficiently as we do without our Volunteers. They do so many jobs around our offices and we are very grateful for them. More people are getting out, making a difference and helping in our communities. Whether it is a community cleanup project, rejuvenating an older street by adding some paint or planting a community garden, we are having fun by helping others. Volunteering is fun to do, helps us get to know our neighbors and community, it gets us outside our homes and sometimes outside our comfort zone and it feels extremely good helping others. Spring is right around the corner and many people are already starting the deep cleaning and organizing of their homes. That gives us a good opportunity to donate unused items to charitable organizations, which really is just another act of community service. If you are on the fence about helping out here are the top 10 reasons to volunteer.

#10: It’s good for you.

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:

  • Reduces stress:Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
  • Makes you healthier:Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

#9: It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.

You can test out a career.

#7: It brings people together.

As a volunteer you assist in:

  • Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
  • Building camaraderie and teamwork

#6: It promotes personal growth and self-esteem.

Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.

As a volunteer you help:

  • Support families (daycare and eldercare)
  • Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
  • Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
  • Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

#4: You learn a lot.

Volunteers learn things like these:

  • Self:Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self-worth.
  • Government:Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
  • Community:Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

#3: You get a chance to give back.

People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1: You make a difference.

Every person counts!

Love the idea but don’t know where to start? Here is a list of Volunteer opportunities in the Reno County and Hutchinson area.

Contact the City of Hutchinson for these opportunities.

1.      Animal Shelter Volunteer

We have several volunteer opportunities available and we could always use help!

2.      Brush Up Hutch Painting Assistance

Brush Up Hutch is sponsored by the Hutchinson Community Improvement Commission and the City of Hutchinson, Kansas Planning and Development Department and was created to to provide financial assistance to income-eligible homeowners in the City of Hutchinson to enable them to repaint the exterior of their homes and alleviate deteriorating housing conditions within the City.

3.      Dillon Nature Center Programs

Browse the Dillon Nature’s programs for volunteer opportunities.

4.      Explorer Cadets

The explorer post is an organization that exposes young adults to the law enforcement profession.

5.      Hutchinson Recreation Classes & Sports

Find out what kind of recreation activities are offered at the Hutchinson Recreation facility.

6.      Volunteer Police Force

The Volunteer Patrol provides the Hutchinson Police Department with a team of responsible dedicated volunteers committed to assisting Law Enforcement Officers with their daily duties.

For Reno County there are these opportunities:

  1. PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT LIVING RESOURCE CENTER

PILR always needs volunteers and any home or clothing items donated goes to people in need.

No matter what you like there is an opportunity for everyone. So get out there, have fun, feel good and make the world a better place.