Whether child or adult, there is always potential to grow and learn something new by getting involved!
The Giving Tree believes that it is never too early to teach children to help others in need. In collaboration with schools, we aim to provide exposure and equip children to effectively contribute to society.
Research has shown that children who volunteer are more successful in school and in their higher education. This may be because most volunteering opportunities teach children essential life skills like “long-range planning, working in groups, interacting with people who are different from themselves, and defining and solving complex problems.” Children see and hear about terrible things — natural disasters, disease, poverty. It is important to give them an outlet to help others, reminding them that they can make a difference.
Schools can encourage their students to volunteer for causes they care about. This can be both with not-for-profits as well as with social enterprises. There are also many social enterprises working in the field of sustainability, waste management and climate change which are topics covered in school. The Giving Tree coordinates sessions with these organizations so that students are able to see their work and connect this with what they have learnt.
The Giving Tree aims to support students and young people in their career endeavours, whilst simultaneously contributing to impactful social initiatives.
Universities can play a big part in providing volunteer work for students that is meaningful and effectively allows them to develop their new skills. Volunteering expands students’ knowledge and increases their likelihood of employment immediately after graduating. A recent survey by LinkedIn identified that 41 percent of employers regarded volunteer work as equally significant to paid work when selecting new employees.
The Giving Tree partners with educational institutions to give students the opportunity to utilise the skills they have learned and provide real-world experiences. An institution that provides a suitable number of student volunteering opportunities, will attract more students and see the positive impact on retention rates as well as find that their students are placed in good roles. An organized skilled online volunteering program at your university presents the opportunity for your students to achieve some very important things: