Broaden your mind, and your network
People’s motivation for volunteering varies. For some, it is a purely philanthropic activity. For others, it’s a combination of altruism and self-directed motivation (to learn new skills or broaden their knowledge for example). However, they all have one motivation in common: a desire to connect with others.
John Hepworth, emeritus professor at the University of Central Lancashire, volunteered for many years throughout his academic career. In fact, his service to the Lancaster and District Local Section, as well as many other Royal Society of Chemistry governance committees, earned him the 2020 Award for Exceptional Service.
Although retired, John is still involved with his Local Section. "Volunteering has enabled me to meet and work with a larger and more disparate group of people than would otherwise have been the case," he says. "In addition to making new friends, this has given me a much broader view of chemistry and what it means to others."