Are you thinking of becoming a volunteer? Volunteering has the ability to positively affect your health and well-being. Read below to learn more about the benefits of volunteering!
- It’s good for you: People who volunteer on a regular basis are less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. In addition, many bodies of research support a positive link between volunteering and mental health. Volunteering can reduce stress by allowing you to focus on others. Moods and emotions, like optimism and joy strengthen the immune system.
- Gain professional experience: The skills you learn from volunteering are wide and varied. If you volunteer with an organization in your career field, you can gain relevant work experience and technical skills.
- Connection: Volunteering brings people together and builds camaraderie. Aside from doing good things for others, volunteering is a great way to expand your overall network of mentors, peers, and friends.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like help finding matches, contact the Service Member Support Division at 1-800-292-9464, ext. 1.
Blog submitted by Sarah Dillinger – S&FRS