Taken from the Points of Light Blog: Seven ways volunteering grows your mental and emotional well-being
The author argues that volunteering benefits the volunteer more than the recipient, and not just in the “feel-good” rainbows and unicorns way.
Her seven reasons are:
2. Volunteer Expands Your Social Life – “… volunteering presents an opportunity to make friends with people from all walks of life, not just from your cozy littler comfort zone.” Hello Team Works! The goal of Team Works is for people to get to know each other, while also getting to know different nonprofit organizations. Check and check.
3. You Matter – “One of human being’s greatest desires is to be wanted.” We need volunteers, which means we need YOU.
4. Novel Experiences – “… if you’re bored with the ins and outs of your life, volunteering is a great way to shake things up without paying for it.”
5. Initiates Re-examination of Your Life – “What novel experiences do is initiate a re-examination of your life… Sometimes you are so deep in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you don’t even realize you are living a life untrue to yourself.”
6. Improves Your Health – According to The Health Benefits of Volunteering, a government report: “There is no association between receiving social support and improved health. It’s the ones who gave social support who have lower rates of mortality, even after they controlled for socioeconomic status, education, marital status, age, gender and ethnicity.”
7. It Gives You Purpose – I think this one speaks for itself.
And a cheery note to end on… the blog post also includes the tip five regrets of the dying, all of which volunteering helps fulfill.
Looking to add some purpose to your life? We offer at least one project every week that is a one-time commitment. Check out the calendar and sign up when you can! http://www.seattleworks.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Calendar_Page