Volunteering is Your New Year's "Solution"
The New Year provides a pensive yet exciting time for reflection and looking forward - taking stock of our lives helps us set goals and pursue new dreams in the year to come. Whatever your resolution may be, consider volunteering as the solution:
Resolution: Get Healthy!
Studies like the Do Good. Live Well Survey by VolunteerMatch and UnitedHealthCare revealed key findings from volunteers including that they feel physically healthier when doing good, they report lower stress levels and volunteering even helps them deal with chronic conditions in a healthier way. Brent Croxton of RealizedWorth also illumines proving survey results in his piece, The Transformational Power of Volunteering:
. . . when volunteering is done frequently, as part of a weekly rhythm, these positive feelings began to endure and induce other health benefits like stress alleviation, pain reduction, strengthened immune function, mood elevation, and heightened self-esteem.
If your goal in 2013 is to get healthy, consider volunteering as part of your regimen - you are sure to see it's positive effects, and you'll be making a difference in your community!
Resolution: Make New Friends!
Volunteering is as much a group experience as a singular one. Doing good with others helps you meet new people, form new relationships, and have FUN with others. HandsOnNetwork shares on their blog how volunteering with others not only helps you step out of the box but it enhances interpersonal skills and rewards you with a deeper commitment to others. Read the entire piece here.
Resolution: Do More as a Family!
The technological age helps families stay more connected, however, it can also take away from bond-forming family activities and experiences. If you are seeking to do more as a family and work on instilling values first-hand, put down all those devices and seek out simple service projects and ways to do good together. Shara Lawrence-Weiss of MommyPerks has unique and creative family volunteering ideas including helping animals, cleaning up the community and starting your own mock charity as a family.
And don't miss our free eBook full of Family Friendly Volunteer Ideas!
Resolution: Get Organized!
Go-getters and do-gooders are getting organized in 2013 and chances are, if you are one of those, you are a leader in charge of organizing others for a specific cause, organization or group. Save time (and stress) this new year with free online sign up sheets! Online volunteer scheduling and tracking makes it more convenient for volunteers to sign up, encourages participation, automatically reminds volunteers and lets organizes track everything online.
Resolution: Help Others!
It goes without saying, but volunteering is the way to do good and help others! The benefits for yourself and for others in doing good are countless, and while opportunities abound, sometimes it is hard to find a way to get started. Check out our go-to guide of volunteer opportunities that help you find ways online to help in your community! When seeking out volunteer opportunities, search for causes which interest you, encourage friends and family to join you, and do it regularly!