The Benefits of Volunteering

January 27, 2020

Volunteering helps you make new friends and contacts
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills
While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it's easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

Volunteering is good for your mind and body
Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health.
• It increases self-confidence. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. 
• It combats depression. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you're going through challenging times. 
• It helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it's especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.

Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life 
Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. It also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.

Tips for Getting Started 
First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do. 
For example, do I want... make it better around where I live meet people who are different from me try something new do more with my interests and hobbies do something I'm good at

The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search.

Lake Prince Woods is blessed to have over 80 of our residents who volunteer on a regular basis here in our community. Whether serving on a committee, teaching a class, singing in the Golden Voices choir, helping in assisted living,memory care, or healthcare we are very grateful for the time they contribute to making life better for their fellow residents.

A number of residents also volunteer their time for organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, and the local public schools.

Would you like to present a music program, read to residents, help with games, or decorate for holidays? If you would like to volunteer your time and talents at Lake Prince Woods in assisted living, memory care, or healthcare, please contact Megan Bell-Hill, Activity Director, at 757-923-5544, or [email protected]

Source: World Volunteer Web