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Five reasons to volunteer this season

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Looking for something to do this season? Here are five great reasons why you should volunteer with New England FIRST!

Photo credit: Kim Eckhardt, @kimsrobot on flickr

  1. Learning New Things Learning doesn't stop after you graduate! Employers are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, and volunteering offers plenty of opportunities to add to your personal and professional skill set. When volunteering, you’re constantly faced with problem-solving tasks, and have to work collaboratively with people from all different backgrounds. You can develop and hone your teamwork, leadership, collaboration, and technical skills!

  2. Giving Back With so many opportunities to get involved, you should volunteer for a cause you care about most. Sharing your love for robotics can start by attending a competition for a weekend, mentoring your local team out of college, or creating a resource all teams can use! If an organization has helped you or someone that you love, then giving back in the form of volunteering is an extremely generous, thoughtful, and valuable way to show appreciation.

  3. Joining a Community The FIRST community allows you to meet all sorts people, including friends or potential employers. It gives you the chance to form relationships that last a lifetime, even from states away. No matter where you are, there is always a FIRST community to become involved with!

  4. Making a Difference Your help is always needed! Volunteers are a crucial part in helping FIRST succeed every year, so everyone can make a difference. There is such a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in all different levels of FIRST! You can become directly involved by helping run competitions, attending as a volunteer, reaching out to local teams to mentor, offering resources and time, or even contributing financially. If you've been looking for a reason to get out of your comfort zone, this is your chance!

  5. Fun! Most importantly, volunteering is fun! It's a way to become involved in a great cause, creating unforgettable experiences, and becoming involved with the next generation of leaders.



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