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What’s In It For Me?


May 5, 2016

That’s a natural question you may ask when someone wants you to do something.  In this case, I’m talking about volunteering.  Why should you volunteer?

Volunteering is good for your mind and body.  Volunteering provides you a sense of purpose.  Many studies have also shown that volunteering decreases depression.  This may be because a risk factor for depression is social isolation.  Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with other people and provides opportunities for interaction which overcomes isolation.

Many studies have also shown that people who volunteer are happier.  Maybe it’s because happier people are more likely to volunteer, but maybe it’s really because helping others sparks happiness.
But, the number one reason to volunteer is simply that we need you!  We could not possibly do what we do every day if it were not for our dedicated corps of volunteers.  Volunteers are the glue that holds our community together.  You strengthen our community, and allow us to use valuable resources to provide more services.

If you’ve never volunteered, please consider it.  The joy that comes to a senior’s face when they open the door and see you with their meal is indescribable.  And if that’s not reason enough to volunteer, I don’t know what is.

For more information about how you can brighten someone’s day — and your own — click here.

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