ANSWERS TO YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ON VOLUNTEERING.

By Imadojiemu Marietta O.

I had just returned from the School Health Education Empowerment Tour at Morit International School, Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria, organized by us at Smile with me Foundation and my phone was beeping non-stop while i allowed it stay glued, deep down in my handbag to prevent unnecessary phone loss stories.

Finally, I got home and got the phone out to see what the ‘buzz’ was about. Alas! 8 of 10 direct messages asked, “Marietta, how can I Volunteer too? Why do you volunteer anyway?”. I laughed to myself at thought of what must have gone through the minds of the people who asked the latter question- “This lady must be crazy, giving services for free in this ‘harsh’ Nigerian economy?”. Thanks to them though, this post was overdue!

Volunteering simply means freely offering to do something or work for an organization without getting paid. It involves contributing meaningfully, in some cases, while working with other individuals, to make communities better. The business times puts the value of a volunteer’s work to be just above $20 per hour. In reality, ‘A good Volunteer is priceless’ and no price tag can effectively reward work done. Moreso, payment comes in other very satisfying ways for an informed volunteer.

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