This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month. One of the greatest aspects of volunteerism is that there are so many different ways to do it.
- Offer to Help Family.
- Volunteer at a Local School.
- Organize a Yard Sale for Charity.
- Visit a Senior Center.
- Coach a Local Youth Team.
- Tutor a Student.
- Fix and Serve Meals.
- Serve on a Community Board.
- Become a guide at a museum or art gallery.
- Volunteer at a hospital.
One of the simplest things you can do is just be a good neighbor by taking care of your pets, not being snoopy and keeping your yard tidy.
Why volunteer? Those who receive help are grateful for the help, and volunteers learn that helping others makes them feel better. There was a 5 year study conducted by MJ Poulin, SL Brown, AJ Dillard, and DM Smith that concluded that helping others predicted reduced mortality specifically by buffering the association between stress and mortality. A very good motivator to volunteer.
So as we celebrate National Volunteer Month, let’s recognize those who give of themselves to help others, motivate others to join the effort and get out there and volunteer ourselves.