Volunteering means taking action for issues that you feel are important. One does not need any special skills to become a volunteer, although in many volunteer positions, possible special skills can also be utilized. Volunteer work is unpaid work based on free will and choice. Everyone chooses the cause they want to do volunteer work for.
Anyone, regardless of their age, place of residence, gender, race, or other qualities can do volunteer work according to their abilities, schedules, and resources. Volunteering does not replace professional work in social services, but volunteers bring their own personal contribution to the activities. Volunteering is very valuable for individuals and the community. Volunteer work enhances communal trust and social capital which are also the bases of economic development in the society.
Volunteering is a two-way process where both the volunteer and the target gain something. Volunteers learn new skills, experience joy, meet new people, get new experiences, and are even empowered by volunteering. In Finland, volunteers help prevent loneliness and social exclusion, promote arts and culture, organize sports club activities, keep nature and the environment clean, and promote the well-being of people and animals in many ways.