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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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