The Benefits of Volunteering
There is a certain satisfaction that comes from helping others, and I personally feel as though volunteering has bettered my life in a number of ways. Helping others has helped me in so many ways, and I believe this simple act of helping others could also benefit those who are not currently doing any volunteering.
Improved Mental and Physical Health
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has been collecting research for over twenty years on the health benefits of volunteering. What they found is compelling evidence suggesting that the simple act of helping others is a great way to improve your health in a number of ways. People who volunteer have lower mortality rates, an increased ability to function mentally and physically, and lower rates of depression. The ability to better your mental and physical health through the act of giving back should be enough of a reason to get out there and support any of your local charities.
Learn Something New
No matter where you are volunteering or what you are doing, you are most likely going to learn a new skill. For instance, if you are building a home with Habitat for Humanity, you may have never hung drywall, installed windows, or installed tile flooring. By volunteering, you are not only giving back to those who are in need, but you are also creating new life skills for yourself that you can use for years to come.
Meet New People
One of my favorite aspects of volunteering is meeting new people. Every time I am blown away by the number of kind-hearted people I am surrounded with, and it truly creates a positive working environment. When you get a group of people together with a common goal of helping others, truly amazing things can be accomplished.
Improve Your Community
I am an advocate of volunteering locally, whether that is where you live now, where you once lived, or somewhere you traveled in the past that had a special place in your heart. There is no perfect community, but through volunteering we can all work towards bettering the communities where we volunteer. Your willingness to volunteer may also influence others who have been on the fence of volunteering. There is no better way to show people the benefits of volunteering than through first hand knowledge.
Valdir Barion is an avid philanthropist out of Chicago, Illinois who believes in giving back to his local community. Find out more about Valdir on his website at www.valdirbarion.org.