Spreading Holiday Cheer with Vee
In good times and bad, the holiday season can be extremely emotionally overwhelming. After all, balancing family obligations, special work events, and holiday cheer is no small feat. The holidays can also bring to mind all of the loss and isolation we’ve felt throughout the past year. And given the nature of the ongoing pandemic, tons of folks have had to bend and break their typical annual holiday traditions, and plenty have had to embrace all new ones. On the flip side, this time of year also makes lots of people reflective of the joy in their lives and eager to spread some around. In both cases, volunteering is an excellent way to feel cheered up: it grounds us in our community, it connects us to one another, and it makes us feel valued and valuable. As you reflect on the past year and feel all of your holiday season feelings, we at Vee would like to extend an invitation to join us to do some good together.
Reason 1: Volunteering makes us feel good, and that’s a good thing!
Over the past several years we have seen a growing number of organizations and public figures pushing to destigmatize mental health awareness, and alongside this movement, many have started to take the concept of “self-care” more seriously. Yet, when discussing how to practice self-care, the inclination for many is to focus inwards – make a splurge purchase, take a day off work, or spend a whole weekend on the couch catching up on TV shows. Lost in this are the benefits that one can reap for themselves by taking the time to volunteer and help others in need. Unlike the fleeting rush given by purchases of material goods, volunteering is a sustainable way to boost one’s sense of well-being through the simple joy of knowing you’ve helped someone who needed it. As the temperature drops and the holiday season approaches, we should all take a moment to remember the timeless lesson that it’s better to give than to receive.
Reason 2: Connect with others and strengthen social ties
During the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses began to close their storefronts and people were encouraged to stay indoors, many of us felt a sense that the world was growing smaller and, as the days turned into weeks into months, we collectively felt a longing to once again be a part of the communities we love but often take for granted. As we crawl our way back to a sense of normalcy, we must take care to not forget the lessons the pandemic taught us, first and foremost that no person is an island and that the greatest pleasures in life often arise through our connections with others. And what better way to live this lesson is there than to volunteer and give of yourself to others. Not only will volunteering help strengthen a connection between you and those you are directly helping but you will also be welcomed into the volunteer community itself, a group of passionate, kind, committed individuals dedicated to coming together and uplifting others.
Reason 3: Learning and growing and challenging yourself are good things
One of the greatest joys in life is pushing yourself to achieve something that once seemed impossible, and when it comes to taking on new challenges there are few opportunities better than volunteering. Whether it’s practicing a new language, building confidence in public speaking, or just working on organizational skills, there is always going to be a role that will enable you to develop or fine-tune a talent. And, in addition to pushing yourself on an individual level, you will also be making progress towards surmounting some of the challenges facing society as a whole. By volunteering this holiday season you can get yourself the priceless gift of mastering a new skill, and through the hard work of volunteers around the world, maybe we can give one to the entire world as well.
When social distancing is the norm in our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to feel disconnected from your community. There’s so much value in mundane interactions with our neighbors, especially when we’re helping each other out. But these days, we’re inside more and less likely to approach others, with an air of hesitation surrounding all public interactions with strangers. With Vee, you can jump right into your next volunteer project safely and soon, and be welcomed into a meaningful, passionate volunteer ecosystem.