I grew up believing in the words my parents so often said, “You’ve never lived until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.” Volunteerism is the act of simply donating time and energy for the benefit of others as a social responsibility without the expectation of anything in return. We know volunteers improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. Volunteer work offers the opportunity to learn new skills and gain valuable work experience, which will be helpful later for college acceptance and for the world of work. Research shows that volunteerism relieves stress, provides a sense of purpose, improves physical health, generates happiness and self-esteem, and lowers levels of depression. I care about this issue because no matter how big or how small our service is, each one of us can make a positive difference in the world and the lives of those around us in some way. I have made it my mission to encourage others to Volunteer With a Purpose.