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How Volunteerism Changes Lives, Including Your Own

In a world often defined by personal success, where people often say they have no time to do anything more, it’s easy to overlook the profound impact of helping those in need. Yet, volunteerism stands as a remarkable force that uplifts communities and transforms the lives of those who embark on this selfless journey. From fostering a sense of purpose and connection to cultivating empathy and personal growth, giving back has an incredible power to shape and enrich our lives in ways we may never anticipate.

Whether you’re already a seasoned volunteer or considering taking your first step into this world of compassion, we invite you to embark on a journey that will shed light on the countless benefits that await those who choose to embrace the spirit of service.

From lending a helping hand to those facing adversity, such as people experiencing homelessness, older adults, or children in underserved communities, to engaging in environmental conservation efforts or advocating for social justice causes, small acts of kindness can create ripples of change, not only in the lives of those we touch but also within our own hearts and minds.

AmeriCorps says, “An estimated 23.2 percent of Americans, or more than 60.7 million people, formally volunteered with organizations between September 2020 and 2021. In total, these volunteers served an estimated 4.1 billion hours with an economic value of $122.9 billion.”

In addition to that, they said, “Nearly 51 percent of Americans or 124.7 million people informally helped their neighbors, doing favors like house sitting, watching each other’s children, lending tools, running errands, and other things to lend a hand, between September 2020 and 2021.”

What is BasketSoul?

BasketSoul is an after-school youth trauma healing camp for students in 3-8th grades. The program is founded on the principle that healing starts from the energy of love. Everything from our staff and volunteers comes from the understanding that love and self-love are the basis of all healing. This is the most important energy and is the key to our success. Every child recognizes authentic love and responds to it.

Our purpose is love. We are all connected, and BasketSoul teaches kids simple but proven trauma-healing techniques that bring them back to who they truly are. We show them that society can love and care about each other and that we can love ourselves. Our program is designed to help peel back the layers of fear, trauma, and disconnectedness our youth endure.

Volunteering at BasketSoul

Our volunteers’ sole purpose is to help others by showing them unconditional love. Why is that important? Unconditional love allows no room for judgment and expectations. It creates a safe and accepting space where individuals feel valued and respected.

When volunteers approach their work with unconditional love, they foster a sense of belonging and inclusion for those who may have experienced marginalization or hardship. This empathetic connection establishes trust, encourages open communication, and allows the youth in our camps to feel seen and heard, ultimately facilitating personal growth, healing, and empowerment.

In a world often divided by differences of all kinds, extending love without conditions or prejudices bridges gaps between individuals and communities. By embracing the inherent worth and dignity of every person, volunteers promote equality and social justice, challenging systemic biases and working towards a more compassionate and inclusive society. Unconditional love paves the way for understanding, empathy, and unity and inspires positive change.

Why YOU Should Become a Volunteer

Volunteering provides an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and the broader community. By dedicating your time, skills, and compassion, you can contribute to positive change, address social issues, and help those in need. Giving back as a BasketSoul volunteer brings joy and fulfillment. It allows you to become an agent of empowerment, inspiring our youth and leaving a lasting impact that extends far beyond the immediate moment.

Becoming a volunteer also leads to personal growth and self-discovery. It offers a chance to step outside your comfort zone, learn new skills, and broaden your perspective. You will develop valuable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving while gaining a deeper understanding of diverse cultures, experiences, and challenges.

Volunteering also provides an opportunity to explore your passions, interests, and values, guiding you toward a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It nurtures empathy, compassion, and gratitude, cultivating a greater appreciation for the interconnectedness of humanity and igniting personal transformation along the way.

BasketSoul provides its volunteers with a unique and enriching path to positively impact the world while experiencing personal growth. By working with us, you have the power to uplift others, foster social change, and discover the best version of yourself. Embrace the journey of volunteering, and witness how it can shape your life in remarkable ways, leaving an indelible mark on your own story and the lives of those you touch.

To learn more about volunteering at BasketSoul, visit our website here (link to volunteer page). If you want to become a BasketSoul volunteer, please submit your resume and letter to and tell us why BasketSoul resonates with you.