Okay… so when Drizzy was dropping some of these bangers, he probably wasn’t really talking about some do-good civic engagement. But as our good man Plato once mentioned, “All learning has an emotional base.” And what gets us in our feelings more than the gushiness behind Come and See Me and Hold On, We’re Going Home? So let’s see what Sir Aubrey has to say about volunteering.
“We live in a generation of not being in love and not being together.”
(Song: ‘Doing It Wrong’)
Human beings are social creatures and rely on the behaviors of reciprocation and togetherness in order to truly thrive. Oddly enough, these crucial hallmarks of communal success can be some of the things people fail at the most.
Oftentimes, on our ever-expanding to-do lists and priorities, ‘volunteering’ is just one of those things that keeps getting pushed back… at least until the halls are decked and the spirit of Christmas starts to make you feel a little more soft and generous. That, or you don’t want to look like the jerk who ignores the bell-ringer on your way into Target (because obviously if you’re trying to buy something from Target you at least have a dollar to spare, right? But, hey. We’re not judging you. Those broke college-kid accounts are usually only full enough to get that one thing you’re going in for).
According to the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, volunteering among American youth has declined over the last couple of decades. Despite Gen Z and Millennial’s outspoken stances in discussions on social issues, “ about 25 percent of teenagers volunteered in 2015, down from 28 percent in 2005-ending 30 years of rising volunteerism among high-school-age Americans. Less than a quarter donate to charity, a rate that has been flat since 2008.”
What would happen if we all continued to push volunteerism to the back burner? Well, we would be living in a world with even more brokenness, fear, pain, disease, and unrest. The American Red Cross, for instance, is carried on the backs of those who are passionate about making an impact on the world around them. Volunteers compose a whopping 90% of the Red Cross’ workforce. Just in this organization alone, these humanitarian heroes have banded together to aid 33 countries in disaster preparedness, reassemble 5,378 families that were broken apart by war and disaster, educate 139,000 people on International Humanitarian Law, and the list goes on. Without these volunteers, imagine how many people and families would be left without relief.
If we consider the idea of the butterfly effect (that one seemingly insignificant event in one part of the world can amass change that impacts the very functioning of a society in another) then the work carried out by American Red Cross volunteers alone is positively impacting generations to come and the world as we know it. Surely we can drink to that — right, Champagne Papi?
“I’m trying to do better than good enough.”
(Song: ‘The Resistance’)
Let’s face it: who isn’t trying to boss up and do boss things? The collective impact of the benefits of community service can be a revolutionary addition to your money move efforts. Volunteering can provide you with the irreplaceable tools of heightened self-confidence, self-efficacy, and that sense of purpose you didn’t know you needed. Young people involved in community service are more likely to have a strong work ethic in adulthood. Furthermore, they’re more likely to increase their standardized test scores, improve in school, graduate, and vote — all of which are some of the fundamental necessities to ‘living lavish’.
The best part is, it’s not just about your financial or career accomplishments. Regularly getting involved in making other people the focus of your volunteer efforts is enough to make you thrive in other important aspects of your life, too. How fun does it sound to have your money up, a positive circle around you, a sense of purpose, AND your mental health in check? Talk about a healthy balance.
^^You and your crew on your next volunteer trip (real ones only).
Findings from a 2017 study published by BMC Public Health encouraged public health officials, institutions of education and policy, and community leaders to get their communities excited about volunteering. The study found that when individuals engaged in volunteerism, their likelihood of improved mental and physical health, life satisfaction, and social well-being increased significantly.
“Know yourself, know your worth.”
(Song: ‘0 to 100 / The Catch Up’ )
(^^This is you encouraging yourself when you know your worth and are full of self-efficacy.)
Volunteering is a “kill two birds with one stone” kind of deal (but if you #vowerup and volunteer with Vower, you kill three birds … exchange volunteer hours for dope incentives like Drake concert tickets or merchandise). As you pour into your community, you have the ability to surprise yourself and accomplish things in a way you didn’t realize you could.
Even before you can “do better than good enough,” you must believe that you have the ability to produce the life you want for yourself. The internal belief that you have the ability to succeed and achieve desirable results is called “self-efficacy.” While it’s related to self-esteem, confidence, and knowing your worth, it’s not exactly the same thing. The other two focus more on what you believe about yourself, while self-efficacy is all about the evidence and manifestation of what you believe. Get it?
Nevertheless, this song slaps so we’re going with the lyric.
Self-efficacy can serve you well in all of your goals. When you volunteer in a way that feels natural and comfortable, you are investing into your talents, skills, and self. The best kind of volunteer activities are those that bring out the dopeness that is already alive and well within you.
If you love to sing, find an opportunity that allows you to do just that. If math is your jam, try to tutor some kids in the neighborhood. If fashion is your passion, there are opportunities to volunteer in that field, too! Whether you are trying to develop a skill you already have or learn what else you can achieve, use volunteer activities to develop your skillset and improve your ability to flourish in those talents.
It’s a wrap.
So while you’ve been listening to Drake’s bops with sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no makeup on, little did you know the subliminal messages about civic engagement, volunteerism, and progressive social impact that were there all along. Imagine that.
Did you catch the part where we mentioned you can exchange your volunteer hours for dope incentives? Volunteering with Vower is all about giving your efforts a louder applause and rewarding your hard work. Sign up to volunteer with Vower today, make an impact in your community, and maybe get a OVO sweatshirt while you’re at it.
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com.