Research has shown that volunteering is beneficial for people of all ages. Volunteering can connect you to your community and help you build new friendships, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There is research that suggests volunteering is linked to lower stress levels and greater satisfaction with life. It can help reshape or redirect our values, perspectives and even change our life goals.
Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to our self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. When we believe we are doing something beneficial and meaningful, it can ward off feelings of depression.
Volunteering can be a way to commit to new goals and define the kind of person we want to be. If we long to make the future different, we can combine our time and talents to create the world we dream about.
Volunteering is a fun way to explore or discover new skills. Organizations are always looking for volunteers. Perhaps this is a way to investigate a new career or to develop new skills.
Someone in a volunteer leadership position at my former church found the courage and confidence from volunteering to pursue a higher education, which resulted in her being offered a promotion at her workplace.
That same leader taught me some new desktop publishing skills, which have been invaluable in my work at WayPoint. We are both changed by the relationship and the work we did together.
The great thing about volunteer work is that there are as many ways to help as there are people. Volunteering makes a difference in the lives of those you volunteer with, and the lives of those who benefit from your efforts.
It's a great way to put our spirituality into practice.