Why You Should Volunteer This Summer

indexWe all lead hectic lives. That’s a fact. The thought of taking on even one more responsibility can seem laughable and simply impossible to a lot of people. Between family, work, friends and summer vacations there may not be a need to find something else to commit your time to. But, like exercising and eating healthy, volunteering is something you should put forth an effort to do.

Why? Let me explain.

The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) published a study about the health benefits of volunteering. Some of their key findings include:

  • Volunteers must meet a “volunteering threshold” to receive significant health benefits. >> There is a debate about where the threshold is. The amount is believed to be between 40-100 hours per year.
  • Volunteering leads to greater life satisfaction and lower rates of depression.
  • Individuals who volunteer live longer.

Another study by CNCS examined the relationship between volunteering and finding employment. Some of their findings include:

  • Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
  • Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment.
  • Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment.

Other reasons for volunteering include: resume building, learning a new skill, meeting new people, getting to know your community, demonstrating commitment to a cause, spending time with friends and family, feeling good and  becoming an agent of change.

If there is something you have always wanted to try, but never had the time or courage to do it, Summer 2013 could be your season of change.
Whether you want to be a mentor to a child in your community, produce your own radio show, help a neighbor clean up their yard or help out at a local food pantry the Volunteer Center of Story County can help you find the perfect opportunity to change your community and your life.
Post by: Hannah Dankbar- AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

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The Volunteer Center of Story County inspires, educates and mobilizes volunteers to address community needs in Story County.

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