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Volunteering – the gift that keeps on giving

Is volunteering on your holiday gift list and New Year’s resolutions?

If not, you ought to consider it.

Volunteering improves the lives of others. From providing transportation to visiting our elders to delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering makes other’s lives better.

Volunteering makes a community a better place. When you put in volunteer work, you make a positive impact on your community – and that makes it a better place for everyone. In fact, volunteering helps build a more cohesive, safer, stronger community.

Volunteering develops close relationships with others. People who come together to make the world a better place forge close connections. In fact, volunteering is a wonderful family, workplace and couple’s activity.

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Volunteering is good for your career. Volunteering is a wonderful way to get real-world experience in your chosen field, make professional connections, and it looks fantastic on a resume.

Volunteering boosts your mental health. One of the best reasons to volunteer for a not-profit is its effect on your mental well-being. Studies show that people who volunteer report feeling happier and less anxious than their peers.

Volunteering can help you live longer. According to recent research, people who volunteer live longer than their peers. The reason: volunteering gives us a sense of purpose, a reason to get up and out the door in the morning.

Consider making a resolution to volunteer with Living at Home or any local non-profit this coming year. Your gift to serve will be more bountiful than you may think.

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