I wanted to re-visit my thoughts on volunteering and reiterate my passion for it. Volunteering has always been a focus for many including myself but in my opinion volunteering moved into the mainstream during the years of high unemployment. In 2008 and 2009 volunteering was a way of networking, hopefully getting noticed, and an opportunity to learn new skills. Volunteering is a way of giving, receiving and renewing your creativity.
Research continues to show that there is a strong relationship between volunteering and health; furthermore, research has demonstrated that the act of volunteering lowers mortality rates, increases functional ability, decreased depression, provides social support, and leads to an overall better quality of life. These benefits have proven to be especially important for Seniors. Youth volunteers learn how to respect differences and how to appreciate their own families and circumstances, youth volunteering has also become popular because it provides a purpose, it teaches leadership, the importance of giving back, and most importantly acceptance. Volunteering has its benefits at any age and hopefully you will be encouraged to volunteer.