Published On: Oct 31 2013 05:02:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 05:03:08 PM CDT

Volunteering has many positive implications, not just for an organization and the community but for YOU as the volunteer.  Whether you volunteer at a non-profit, a church, or your child’s school, you’re contributing to a larger purpose AND improving your health.  How?  Check out these health benefits.  Volunteering:

  • Reduces stress
  • Connects you to your community
  • Offers a sense of achievement
  • Boosts pride and self-esteem
  • Develops your personal identity
  • Allows you to hone new skills

People of ANY age can volunteer.  While it’s common for men and women to volunteer more after retiring from full-time work, people of all ages are encouraged to and do get involved.  And volunteering can be fun as an individual, a work group, or a family.  Serve dinner at The Lord’s Diner together, organize a group of coworkers to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity, or pick an organization with a  cause close to your heart and dedicate a couple of hours a week to giving back.

Not sure who needs help?  Check out for a little inspiration!