"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Volunteering is a selfless act through which one can spread love and hope for a better life, among the underprivileged ones. Mostly, volunteering work involves taking care of orphaned children at shelter homes, teaching homeless kids or those attending rural schools. Often, skilled volunteers take part in medical or healthcare camps, as well as organize women empowerment projects etc., in order to improve their lives. The animal enthusiasts can get involved in welfare projects or work at rescue centers to give proper attention towards their well being.
No matter whether you are a college student traveling abroad during your gap year or a retired personnel aiming to contribute meaningfully towards a social cause, you can always join a volunteering program and make a difference.
To go by the exact definition given by Wikipedia, "Volunteering is generally considered as an altruistic activity where an individual or a group provides services for no financial gain "to benefit another person, group or organization".
Volunteering surely is an important act that everyone should take up at least for once in life, essentially to touch others' lives and sprinkle some happiness. Help the little ones dream of a world that's beyond their closed walls, help the women in the rural areas of Third World countries earn their livelihood, treat the animals with utmost care and do as much as it is possible for you.
Your act might seem to be very negligible, but it'll definitely make a bigger impact. Remember that every drop counts to make an ocean, and you can volunteer to make this world a better place to live.
To add to your surprise, volunteering is much like a double-sided coin, fetching a 'Win-Win' situation for you and the people you serve. It is an outwards journey in which you provide your services to help others live a better life and an inward journey that makes you a better person, more humble and compassionate one. A volunteering endeavor will help to have a different perspective on everything. You'll become a more optimistic person, you'll get to polish your social skills, and make new friends.