We are once again in September and it’s National Preparedness Month. If you are not aware, September is the month dedicated to preparing and educating people on disasters. Natural disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes can occur without notice. That is why being ready for anything is important.
The first thing to have when a disaster strikes is a meeting spot or evacuation center. This could be the nearest fire station or a 24-hour grocery store that are a safe distance away from your home. These meeting spots may depend on the event but it’s important to establish a place and have a solid plan ahead of time. Once you have this setup, it’s time to think about other possible scenarios.
Here are some ways to prepare yourself and your family:
Preparation starts at home
Develop a family disaster plan. Like mentioned earlier, plan a place to evacuate should any disaster arises. If you are separated when an emergency occurs, plan how you will reconnect. Make a disaster kit. This should contain essential items to survive 3 to 5 days. Drinking water, first aid kit, identification documents, non-perishable food, flashlights, and battery-operated radios are some of the things you should pack.
Stay updated and informed
Information is available for everyone. It can be from federal, state, or local resources. Stay informed and learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
Help others as well
Most municipalities in the US have a disaster response and recovery plan made by the local government. If you want to help out, you can be an affiliate with an agency that is engaged in disaster response and relief.
Do not stop preparing
Disasters occur without any prior notice so it’s best to be prepared at all times. Revisit and update your family disaster plans time and time again. Change the supplies in the disaster kit so the food and water stay fresh. Being prepared will give you more chances of survival, it is key.
Some situations you can prepare for:
This is scary whether you are at home or not. Know how to protect your home from potential invasions to keep you and your family safe. You can start by checking the locks on your doors and windows. Secure any pet entrances and purchase a security system for your home. The presence of even one security camera will chase away burglars. If a break in happens and you are at home, here are a few things to remember.
- Stay calm and collected. Don’t panic. You will feel an adrenaline rush, use it to help you stay alert.
- Go to a safe room and call 911.
- If in the event, your safe room is not accessible, have evacuation plans. This can be window ladders or back door routes.
- Do not engage with the intruder. Do not let them know that you’ve called for help.
- Another thing to remember is to keep your car keys close to you so that you can hit the panic button on it. This will create a distraction and alert the neighbors.
- In case of an extreme situation, it would be good to have self-defense knowledge.
Responding to a situation like this is to practice. It’s important that you can think straight so that you will know how to defend your family and keep them safe.
Be sure that your home has the correct amount of fire alarms as this is the first line of defense. Practice setting them off and educating family members on what they should do if this alarm rings. Make an evacuation plan in your home and assign tasks to family members. In situations like this, it is very important to not panic. Make sure everyone is accounted for, even the pets, and then call 911 for help. If there is thick smoke, use something like a shirt to cover your mouth and nose to avoid inhaling it. If in the event, your clothing catches fire, know how to stop, drop and roll. Practice these safety measures so that if this disaster happens, family members will know how to respond.
If you live somewhere that’s prone to flooding, it’s good to know the warning signs and how to evacuate to a safe place. If you find your family and yourself trapped once the flood has begun, know that you should never enter fast flowing water on foot or in a vehicle. This can get you hurt or worse.
When water has flooded in your home, disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off your main electricity. Move furniture and other valuable stuff to higher ground. Depending on the frequency of the flood, it may be worth it to flood-proof your home.
Being prepared is the key to being safe from disasters. Take these simple actions and teach them to your family. Stay alert, stay safe!
This month of August is the best time to focus on managing stress and promoting self-care and healthy routines. You know why? Because it is National Wellness Month! Studies have shown how self-care helps reduce stress and promote happiness. And putting efforts into making a change in your lifestyle can significantly affect your health in positive ways. If you want to take the first step to living a healthier life, read the tips below.
Drink a glass of water in the morning
One of the very first things you should do when you wake up in the morning is to drink a glass of room temperature water. This will help cleanse your system and flush out toxins before you even eat any food. Also try adding a twist to your regular water by putting a slice of lemon or lime for a citrusy taste.
Get enough sleep
The importance of sleep cannot be emphasized any more. Regardless of your age, it’s imperative that you get an adequate amount of sleep every night. A lack of sleep is detrimental to your health in several different ways. Not only will it cause damage to your heart, it can also make you feel constantly tired, irritable and can reduce your attention span.
Eat healthy snacks
In between meals snacks don’t always have to be junk foods. You can snack the right way by switching to healthier alternatives. Instead of consuming too many sweet and starchy foods like candies, potato chips, and cookies, you may want to have nuts, berries and fruits. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals and are good for your health.
We are all aware of the benefits of working out and exercise. However, these are some things we usually take for granted. Exercising doesn’t always mean going to the gym and spending an hour or so sweating out. It can be as simple as taking a daily walk to or from work. Instead of taking the elevators, use the stairs as often as possible. Or take your dog for a long walk during weekends. The important thing is that you take time to do some physical activity every chance you get. Having an active lifestyle can improve your heart health and overall well-being.
Connect with people
People who don’t have friends are said to have higher likelihood of sickness and early death. Their stress and depression can make them physically ill. This is the reason why experts highly recommend that we make time to connect and nurture healthy relationships with the people around us. Spend more time with your family, friends and loved ones. No matter how busy you are, make it a point to get in touch with someone close to your heart. Catch up with your friends during your free time. Visit your parents on the weekends. Doing these things can significantly impact your health, even in the later years.
Try new activities
Finding a new hobby can help reduce stress. If you haven’t done anything fun and exciting for a while, it’s time to look for a new activity that you can enjoy with your friends or family. Think about going hiking, playing a new sport or trying out a new adventure. This will help you unwind and even give you opportunities to meet other people who share the same interest. But if you want to try out some activities alone, that’s perfectly fine, too. For as long as it pumps your adrenaline and makes you happy, you can never go wrong with it!
Ditch the unhealthy habits
If you have some habits that you know are detrimental to your health, stop them now before it’s too late. This includes smoking and excessive drinking. Smoking reduces a person’s lifespan by several years. It can affect your lungs as well as your skin. It is one of the major causes of death in the world. If you want to live longer, ditch the unhealthy habits and always choose life!
There is no better time to live a healthy lifestyle than now. Start making these small changes and you’ll be amazed at how they can improve your life in general.
30 Aug 2018
Pallet racks are material handling storage systems designed to store products and equipment on pallets. They serve as an easy to use storage solution and are becoming more and more common in today’s warehouses. There are many kinds of pallet racking systems but all types allow these palletized materials to be stored in a horizontal manner and on many levels. The benefits of warehouse racking are long known to most storage houses and distribution centers. They’ve even become even more popular because they can compact a lot of products and store them in small, convenient spaces.
In industrial racking environments, forklift trucks are required to place the pallets on the racks. Pallet racking stores pallet loads and is used in most warehouses. They are also found in manufacturing houses, commercial facilities, and in retail stores.
Pallet racking is an excellent way to optimize your warehouse space. Using pallet racks can help the facility in many ways. It’s good to have basic knowledge on how to optimize storage with most types of rack systems. When you know how to optimize pallet racking, it will increase the efficiency of the warehouse, as well as its productivity.
Here are some tips on how you can optimize your pallet rack system:
Research and ask for help
There’s no question that everyone needs help at one point or another, especially when you are not an expert in a particular area. Research and seek advice from experts before buying or adding pallet racks in a warehouse. Tell them your needs and ask them what type of pallet racks will best suit your application. You can also ask for advice on how to incorporate a new pallet rack into an existing storage system.
Understand how a new pallet rack will work with existing shelves
Using pallet racks has its challenges. One is how to incorporate them within a current storage facility and shelving system. Industrial racks shouldn’t need renovations to integrate your additional pallet racks. If you decide to get new pallet racks, take the time to look at the current shelves and see if there is enough space. You don’t want to end up having no work space in your warehouse because you added too much pallet racking, right?
Stack pallets higher to maximize storage
If you want to maximize storage space, take advantage of the vertical spaces in the warehouse. Stack pallets higher so you can use more of the warehouse’s horizontal space. Use ramps to reach higher shelves if forklift trucks cannot reach them.
In designing and setting up a pallet rack system, consider the roof columns supports. Having considered these areas ensures the safety of the warehouse racking. This will also ensure that you have optimized the use of the storage facility.
Take aisle spaces into consideration
The aisles in a warehouse are another thing to consider before putting in new pallet racking. Like the second tip mentioned above, you should take into consideration if the warehouse will have enough space after the new pallet racks are installed. If adding these new pallet racks will lessen the aisle space but increases storage space, it could be a good idea if the forklifts still fit. If they don’t , it will mean that you may need smaller forklifts.
Pallet racking is a very effective way to have a good storage system in your warehouse. It will store different items that vary in size and weight. If you are looking for ways to optimize a warehouse by using pallet racks, read the tips listed above to guide you on your way.
31 Jul 2018
Industrial shelving systems are one of the most important pieces of equipment in a warehouse facility. They play an important role in storing products and materials in the facility. And while there are several different types of industrial shelving available in the market, it’s important to identify the best type to use for your warehouse. This will not only help you save thousands of dollars in the storage costs, it will also help ensure more efficient warehouse operation.
To guide you in choosing the best industrial shelving system, here’s a list of the different types available.
Also known as boltless shelving, rivet shelving is the most durable shelving among all types of industrial shelves. It is versatile, stable and easy to assemble. Its capacity per shelf level is 1850 lbs. To hold heavy loads, rivets are made from a solid steel frame and utilize particle board for decking.
Choosing rivet shelving can benefit your warehouse in more ways than one. This shelving type requires very little to no hardware which makes the installation very easy. Rivet shelves are an economical choice for any facility because they have the highest capacities and offer the largest ranges when it comes to sizes. If you need high density storage for heavy applications, rivet shelving is your best bet.
If there is an area where rivet shelving would rank the least, it would be in the aesthetics part. Rivet shelves are not particularly ugly, but they are not that appealing either. They are not as good looking as wire shelving because their use is mostly in industrial settings where looks are less important. When it comes to shipping, this type is also more costly compared to other types because it uses a heavier shelf material. To save on the shipping cost, you may want to consider buying the deck locally.
Wire shelving is considered the most attractive type of industrial shelving. It is a more popular type for commercial applications. Like rivet shelving, it is easily accessible on all four sides because it is free of side and back panels. Wire shelving is a good alternative when industrial style shelving isn’t available or is out of place.
Wire shelving is used in wash-down, food or wet applications. It is easy to install and easy to clean. Because it is open construction, dust doesn’t easily collect on the shelves. In case of a fire, wire shelving doesn’t obstruct sprinkler systems which makes them a safe choice for any facility. This type of shelving is excellent for corners, straight or right-angle installations because it can fit in small spaces.
Wire shelving can hold up to a 1200 lbs load but is more expensive than rivet and metal shelving.
Steel shelving is mostly used for heavy load applications. They are more adjustable compared to rivet shelves. This type is also easier to accessorize and customize. Because its shelves are installed very close together, steel shelving systems are a better option for high density applications.
Pallet racks are an excellent choice if you are using large items and pallets in your warehouse. Pallet racks are ideal if you want to maximize your warehouse storage potential because they can store forklift pallets including the items they hold.
Mobile shelving is highly recommended if you want to free up a lot of your warehouse space. Mobile shelves allow easy movement and configuration of your available storage space because they compact shelves together. They are ideal when you need to move items around your facility with a minimum risk of injury.
Bin shelving is commonly used for storing small materials. This type is easy to organize and rearrange so you can create a flexible storage system that will meet your warehouse needs. It can be used as a supplement to your existing storage system.
Because industrial shelving is available in many different types, it’s important to get yourself familiar with the different types so you can select the one that will suit your warehouse needs. If placed and used properly, industrial shelving can keep your warehouse organized and efficient by using less space. If you need industrial shelving systems for your current facility, please reach out to Reno Forklift.
Everybody celebrates Independence Day in July. But, what many people don’t know is that we also celebrate National Picnic Month in July, too! Going for a picnic is an excellent time to embrace nature and breathe in fresh air. It is also a great opportunity to bond with friends, family and loved ones. While a picnic is understood as a simple excursion with meals eaten outdoors, there are some interesting facts about the origin of picnic that not many of us are aware of.
- The word picnic was taken from the French word “pique nique” which refers to an outdoor meal. The first picnics took place in the Middle Ages when the members of the upper class society would “dine out” or eat their meals outdoors during a hunt.
- The first recorded use of “picnic”, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was in a letter written by Lord Chesterfield to his son in Berlin in 1748. The word picnic here was used in the sense of a social gathering.
- In the early 1800’s, picnic was already being used to refer to a social meal eaten outdoors.
25 Jun 2018
June is National Great Outdoors Month! Don’t miss out on the opportunities this has to offer you and your business. With a little bit of strategic planning, your business can on its way to generate additional revenue while enjoying the Great American Outdoors.
Here are some tips for you to go by this month-long celebration of the great outdoors:
Promote your business
There’s nothing wrong promoting your local small business while enjoying the natural environment. In fact, running a business and promoting environmental protection can work hand in hand.
If you run a local restaurant, put out some displays about the scenic beauties surrounding your business. Do you have a door-to-door delivery business? Print some extra fliers promoting the nearby outdoor activity in your state (don’t forget to include your business logo).
Do you see tourists flocking to your state? Make sure you have items such as pens with your logo to give away so they’ll remember your store while enjoying outdoor activities near you.
There are many ways to slant National Great Outdoors Month to your business’ favor. All you need to do is to get those creative juice flowing and occasionally woo the “muse” to give you bright business ideas.
Teambuilding for your staff
Want to enjoy the Great American Outdoors during work hours? What better way to do it than to enjoy each moment with your employees!
Taking your staff outdoors can rejuvenate them after months of stressful work. There are plenty of group activities to choose from:
Regardless of the activity your team engages in, the outdoor experience will bring your employees closer together. Plan ahead and think of activities that will help your staff take a little bit of recreational rest and get their pent-up energy out in the open.
Have them wear your company t-shirt or windbreakers while doing activities. This adds visibility to your company and makes others in the area know your company exists. Extra eyeball advertisement for your brand will surely help drive your business forward.
Increase your staff’s productivity
Are you having trouble increasing your staff’s productivity?
This is related to #2. Enjoying the great outdoors could spell dramatic increases in your employees’ performance.
People who spend more time enjoying the great outdoors develop a special kind of social skill—they tend to work better in groups.
Do you have staff members who don’t work well together? Let them indirectly sort things out by putting them in the same team activities! It may be awkward at first but reminding them that this is a fun activity could cool things down. It could eventually lead to a much more harmonious collaboration among team members.
A sedentary routine is one of the biggest threats to a healthy life. When you spend majority of your time sitting down in front of a computer, don’t be surprised if you feel pain or get sick more often.
Humans are social beings. We all began living closely tied to the outdoors hunting for food and later, tilling the soil. But advancements in technology, while extremely beneficial, brought with it several painful changes in our work-life balance.
You can get your health back by simply stepping outside! And what better time to do it than this month!
Climb a mountain with your friends, trek with your employees, go on that fly fishing trip with your dad that you’ve been planning to do for months now but keep putting off. The health benefits are enormous!
By the way, when we say health benefits, we don’t mean only physical health benefits. Perhaps you’ve been looking inward for so long now and it’s time to look outward. Being outdoors helps reestablish the balance you need and want for your mental state.
There are so many benefits the Great American Outdoors can give you. One of the best benefits? You get to take control of your health back.
Care for the environment
With all the talk of global warming and climate change, you and your business can make positive impacts on the environment. Take the time to show the world that you care about the environment.
Give out small notes to tourists to remind them to “clean-as -they-go” once they’re done with their recreational activities. (Don’t forget to include your business logo in your notes.) Or you can give them quick guides on how to be safe in their trip or an easy local number to call in case of emergencies. (Again, don’t forget your business logo.)
These reminders, though not earth-shaking, can leave a small but positive impact on the environment.
20 Jun 2018
Warehouse mezzanine refers to an elevated section of flooring or platform that’s installed between the floor and the ceiling to serve several purposes in some warehouse operations. They are an excellent option for increasing storage space and workspace in a warehouse facility. But before we discuss how your warehouse can benefit from mezzanines, here are the different types of mezzanines available.
- Freestanding mezzanine. Freestanding mezzanine is the type commonly used for storing products and extra parts. It isn’t a necessary part of the building, but it requires a floor that can accommodate working employees and extra storage. Freestanding mezzanines are very flexible and have the capacity to house pallet racks and shelving systems.
- Building column connected mezzanine. This type of mezzanine is the one that depends on an existing building structure for support. It means that the facility must be designed to carry or support heavy loads should you decide to have building column connected mezzanine installed. This mezzanine can also be attached to a wall and have the rest of the columns rest on the floor.
- Rack supported mezzanine. Rack supported mezzanines are either installed above or between a pallet rack. If you opt for this type, make sure that the extra load can be supported by the rack system. This one is also more economical compared to a free-standing mezzanine because there is already an existing structure.
- Shelving supported mezzanine. Shelving supported mezzanines are an ideal choice if you need to store smaller items and products alongside your existing shelving. You can also add more shelving for extra storage space or have a deck installed above to serve as a workspace.
BENEFITS AND USES OF WAREHOUSE MEZZANINES
Increased storage space
One of the most common problems faced by warehouse owners and managers is outgrowing their facility. If you are in the manufacturing business or have a lot of shipping and receiving activity, adequate storage space is crucial. This is where warehouse mezzanines can come in handy. They are the best bet if you need to add accessible and durable space to a warehouse. When you install warehouse mezzanines, it becomes easier to keep up with the storage needs and product demands of a warehouse.
Ability to keep your current location
Running out of storage space is one of the most common problems most warehouse facilities face. If you need a cost-effective solution to increase storage space without moving into a new facility, consider installing warehouse mezzanines. With warehouse mezzanines, there won’t be any need to relocate to a bigger building or facility. Even with space constraints, mezzanines can be the best solution to storage woes. Its applications are vast and you won’t have to worry about moving your business elsewhere. A building extension could also be tempting if you’re in desperate need of extra storage space, however, this is a more expensive option, not to mention the hassle to keep moving.
Increased warehouse safety
Warehouses are one of the most dangerous places to be in. Products and heavy boxes are stacked up on top of one another, with people operating forklifts and climbing up ladders. One way to monitor activity and keep an eye on everything that’s going on in the facility, consider adding a mezzanine. A mezzanine floor does not only offers an additional working and storage space, it could also be a perfect vantage point for looking at what’s going on in the warehouse so that injuries and accidents can be avoided.
Another advantage of a warehouse mezzanine is that it is the cheapest option when you need extra storage space in your facility. Adding an extension or moving to a new building is expensive. However, when you choose a warehouse mezzanine, you’ll enjoy its benefits while making the most of your investment.
Installing warehouse mezzanines in your facility can benefit you in more ways than one. For more information on warehouse mezzanines, please visit Reno Forklift.
22 May 2018
National Bike Month happens every May in the US. Originally established in 1956, it is celebrated in many communities across the country.
Why a national month?
Many reasons, but arguably the best reason why National Bike Month was created to last a full month is that it encourages people to get out there and ride.
Reasons to ride
Helps the environment
One of the most obvious and beneficial reasons why biking is such a good choice is that it has minimal impact on the environment. As more and more communities create biking paths and lanes, it makes biking a more viable form of transportation.
And when more people choose to ride their bike over driving their car, the environment benefits even more.
Helps your health
While it’s not hard to hop on a stationary bike at the gym, it’s more practical to ride your bike outside.
- It works your body harder
- Helps you burn more calories in a shorter period of time
- You can run your errands while getting a healthy workout at the same time – saving you both time and money
- It’s heart healthy – improves heart and blood vessel fitness
- Reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
- Can help you sleep better at night
- Is easier on your joints than running
- Can help build up leg muscles and improve bone density
Boosts your mood
What do fresh air, warm sunshine, and cool breezes have in common? All of these elements combine to lift your spirits, energize you and keep you feeling good – even after you’ve finished riding!
No more wasted gas as you circle the block looking for a parking space – or waiting for a meter.
And you can save on car repairs and ownership costs (e.g. fuel, insurance, licensing, etc). These costs can be greatly reduced when you opt to ride your bike whenever possible.
Ways to celebrate
There are lots of ways you can celebrate National Bike Month! Pick one which works for you and enjoy… It might just become your favorite way to get around!
Here are some great ways to take part in the fun:
Bike to work
Lots of communities put together Bike to Work Week and/or Bike to Work Day – which comprises a part of National Bike Month.
You can go it alone, or for more fun, get your co-workers involved.
Some ways to keep it interesting:
- Competitions (e.g. most miles ridden, days biked to work, etc.)
- Team goals (e.g. sales vs marketing department, etc.)
Bike share programs are growing in popularity across the country.
Self-serve bike stations provide shared community usage for short-term use. These amenities are typically found in high traffic areas of cities and/or communities.
If your city doesn’t have self-serve bike stations, reach out to city planners, council members, etc. to see about getting them started where you live.
If you don’t already own a bike, consider finding an old or vintage bike that you can restore to new life rather than buy a new one.
Often it doesn’t take much to restore one:
- a good wash and maybe a new paint job
- new chain
- new brake cables
- new tires and
- a bell, of course!
Not only will you save money, you’ll rescue a decent bike from the bike boneyard!
An organized and efficient warehouse is a more profitable warehouse. Springtime is the best time of the year to do some cleaning and an excellent time to start getting your warehouse organized, too. A warehouse facility can easily get cluttered during the winter months. Now that spring is here, try these easy steps to help you get started with your warehouse spring cleaning and organizing project.
Design a simple plan and stick to it
The first step is to study the warehouse workflow. Analyze how time and energy are utilized in the processes involved in the daily operations, and how a spring cleaning project will affect them. Be sure that your workers are aware of the plan so that they remain organized as they work. Avoid cutting corners and ensure that everyone follows the plan you put in place.
Purge everything that’s no longer working or useful
Be ready to throw away anything that’s no longer useful in your warehouse. This means getting rid of papers and documents that are no longer important. Throw away all garbage and debris generated by daily activities and operations. Utilize receptacles in the problem areas for future organization. A clean space is a safe space. Throw out all of the distractions that could be blocking your daily success.
Increase warehouse efficiency by keeping your paths clear
Springtime is not the only reason to start warehouse cleaning initiatives, it is also an excellent way to increase your warehouse efficiency. One of the most important things a warehouse manager does is plan warehouse reorganizations. This means making the navigation of your warehouse as easy as possible. Keeping the paths clear is one step that could help make it happen. Think about the things that hinder employee success. Then come up with the best solutions to these obstacles. Perhaps there is a need to invest in new storage systems that will help maximize vertical space instead of floor space. Also, consider investing in new technology or automated solutions to increase the efficiency of your workers.
Minimize operational impact
A spring cleaning project will affect operations in one way or another. However, the goal is to keep the impact as low as possible. Cleaning a warehouse is difficult, and may interrupt the hustle and bustle of a normal workday. Try to organize the schedule in such a way that your cleaning efforts won’t get in the way of your workers. Perform cleaning projects during a date and time when staff levels are reduced. When hiring a third party cleaning company, have them clean when the warehouse is less populated or empty.
Set goals and deadlines
Cleaning an entire warehouse facility can be overwhelming when goals are not established. It’s important that you create a plan. The plan should include the cleaning projects per section. Set timeframes and due dates to ensure that it doesn’t create a significant impact on operations and the business as a whole.
Revisit your machines and equipment
Spring cleaning isn’t only a time for reorganizing, de-cluttering and getting rid of garbage, it is also a perfect time to check the condition of any equipment and make sure that they are in working condition. Perform inspections to determine if anything is in need of repair or a tune-up. Check storage systems, pallet racks and conveyors to make sure everything is still working smoothly. Doing this will help you prevent costly repairs and replacements down the line.
If you haven’t done your warehouse cleaning project yet, now is the best time to start!
Looking for new material handling equipment to keep your facility organized? Please visit Reno Forklift.
Unless you live under a rock, your life has been impacted by the efforts of a volunteer.
There’s just no way around it.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes …from the local church youth group raising money for the homeless, to the first responders in rural communities everywhere, people are giving their time and their talents to help others.
This month, the nation takes time to honor the efforts of the amazing men, women and children, who make the world a better place through volunteering.
While a great way to celebrate National Volunteer Month is to thank every volunteer you meet, a more fulfilling way to observe this holiday is to start volunteering yourself!
Here are some of the reasons why people choose to volunteer…perhaps they’ll encourage you to volunteer too!
It reduces stress
You shouldn’t be.
When you’re focused on meeting the needs of others, any normal “worry routines” you’ve developed are interrupted, thus reducing your stress levels.
Volunteers report feeling more joy, optimism and control over their own situations, strengthening their immune systems and giving them a better quality of life.
It saves resources
The Corporation for National and Community Service estimates that in California, a volunteer’s time is worth $26.87 per hour!
When people volunteer their time and energy it helps their local communities save money for other needed improvements. For example, when communities aren’t paying someone to clean up the roadways, they can use that money towards other things, such as the community food pantry.
It provides experience
Think you’d like to make a career switch? Volunteer your time in the industry you think you’d like to be involved in, and see for yourself if it would be worth the effort to change careers.
Volunteering can also help you make connections that could make the transition to another career easier.
It builds self esteem and fuels personal growth
When you make the effort to volunteer at something that is outside of your comfort zone, you learn more about yourself.
You build skills and gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. This in turn will lead to the desire to stretch yourself even more in your own personal life as well.
It strengthens your community
Volunteers often contribute to the following kinds of community businesses and programs.:
- Daycare and eldercare
- Schools (tutoring, literacy programs, assisting educators in the classroom)
- Youth programs (after-school, mentoring, etc.)
- Community public works (cleaning up public areas such as parks or roadways)
It helps to build your network
When you volunteer, you’re exposed to people and organizations outside of your normal sphere of contacts. This helps both you and your community because the more individuals you connect with, the more opportunities you have to pull together resources to help meet the needs of your community.
While it may feel uncomfortable working with others you wouldn’t normally work with, the experience will encourage you to come up with creative solutions that you might not have thought of otherwise.
It’s a lot of fun
Working together on a worthwhile project, while rewarding, can be frustrating if you forget to have fun.
Bottom line, everyone working together is doing so because they have a passion for helping others, so remember to keep it light as you work towards the goals you each have in common.
It helps you learn a lot about…
- Existing local resources for individuals in the community who are in need.
- The inner mechanics of the government by working with local non-profit agencies
- Yourself. You may discover hidden talents you didn’t know you had!
It’s personally satisfying
When you’ve set out to accomplish a goal, in partnership with others in your community, and you finally achieve that goal, the feeling of personal satisfaction is like nothing else.
Knowing that you’ve helped to improve the lives of others in your community, and helped to make it stronger, is a very satisfying feeling…one that you’ll want to repeat, over and over!