Volunteerism can be a great benefit to the community and the individuals within the community. It also provides a lot for the volunteer.

Helping organizations or individuals in need is important because we as a community need to look out for one another.

You never know when situations may arise where you are the one looking for help and you are more likely to get it if you are out in the community meeting people and doing good for others.

Below are some of the benefits that come along with volunteering in your community.

— Strengthens the community

— Improves the lives of those that live in our community

— Gain new skills by doing things you don’t do in your normal day to day

— Make new friends

— Gain satisfaction from helping others

— Improve health- those who volunteer have lower mortality and depression rates

— Gives you a chance to explore your interests

— Increase your compassion for others

— Improve self-esteem and confidence

— Develop interpersonal skills

— Strengthen your sense of self purpose

The most important benefit from volunteerism is that you get to help others and help make your community a better place to live. But as you can see, volunteering can also be of great benefit to your own personal health and growth. The feeling one gets from making a positive impact on the life of someone in need is amongst the greatest feelings a person can have.

This feeling will make you happier and being happy definitely impacts your overall wellness in a positive manner. It not only improves mental health, but also emotional stability and physical health. Studies have shown a link between volunteering and increased longevity, reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, lower blood pressure and reduced stress levels.

Contact a local non-profit and ask them how you can help. You won’t only be helping your community, you could also improve your own overall wellness.