National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

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One of the best ways to experience the NCSML is to volunteer! We have a long history of active volunteerism, where there is something to engage people of every age and ability level.

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Top benefits of volunteering
More than three quarters (79%) of volunteers said that their volunteer activities helped them with their interpersonal skills, such as understanding people better, motivating others, and dealing with difficult situations. Just over two thirds (68%) of volunteers said that volunteering helped them to develop better communication skills Sixty three percent reported increased knowledge about issues related to their volunteering.

The effects of volunteering more
The percentage of volunteers who reported gaining specific skills as a result of volunteering increased steadily with the number of hours they contributed. For example, over three quarters (78%) of volunteers who contributed 188 or more hours during 2000 reported gaining communication skills, compared to just over half (52%) of those who contributed 19 hours or less. Similar, but less pronounced, patterns are seen with other skills.

Job skills as a motivation to volunteer
Volunteering is often seen as an opportunity to acquire job related skills and improve job opportunities. Almost one quarter (23%) of volunteers said that they volunteered for this reason.

The desire to improve job opportunities is a much more common motivation for volunteering among younger and
unemployed volunteers than it is among other volunteers. Over half (55%) of volunteers aged 15 to 24 said that they volunteered to improve their job opportunities. This dropped to 27% among those aged 25 to 34. Forty-two percent* of unemployed volunteers gave this reason for volunteering, compared to only 22% of volunteers who were employed or not in the labor force.