It’s good for you!

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

10) It’s good for you.
Volunteering provides both physical and mental health rewards.
• Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
• Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism and a sense of control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

9) It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on
local improvements.

8) Volunteers gain professional experience.
You can test out a career.

7) It brings people together.
As a volunteer, you can assist in:
• Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.
• Building camaraderie and teamwork.

6) It promotes personal growth and self esteem.
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

5) Volunteering strengthens your community.
You can help with activities that:
• Support families (daycare and eldercare).
• Improve schools (tutoring, literacy).
• Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs).
• Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups).

4) You learn a lot.
Volunteers learn things like these:
• Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change their views on self-worth.
• Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
• Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

3) You get a chance to give back.
People like to support community resources that they use themselves, or that benefit people they care about or want to get to know.

2) Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

1) You make a difference.
Every person counts!

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