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 http://www.211kansas.org/211volunteer/Job/Search.aspx for a little inspiration!