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Have You Made A Difference Today?

Written by Karen Amundson

Volunteering supports worthwhile causes, people in need, and the community that surrounds you. Did you know the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer?

Getting Started:
  • What causes are important to you? 
  • What can you offer? Consider your current skills and personality.
  • How much time are you able to commit to volunteering?
Opportunities to Consider:
  • Food pantry
  • Homeless shelter
  • Local animal shelter
  • Youth organizations, sports teams, and after school programs
  • Senior center or retirement home
  • National park
  • Local library
  • Check in with a neighbor, old friend, or family member that may need a little extra help
  • You can also search open volunteer opportunities
Benefits for You:
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve physical health and overall psychological well-being
  • Build self-confidence, leadership skills, and social skills
  • Discover new friends and build relationships
  • Increase your presence in the community
  • Escape the day-to day routine of life and work

While it is true the more you volunteer, the more benefits you'll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving back in simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness. Humans are hardwired to give to others, so the more we give the happier we feel.

How will you make a difference today?




Topics: Health Tips, Stress Management



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