Volunteering Is Good For Your Health

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Many of us are entering 2014 with a new perspective on life. Resolutions abound and everyone is bringing in the new year with hopes for improvement. You may commit to a variety of goals, one of which may be to improve your health. We have one way for you to do just that – volunteering.

Did you know that volunteering is good for your health? According to a 2013 UnitedHealth Group Health and Volunteering study, people who volunteer feel better emotionally, mentally and physically. In addition, volunteering helps one manage stress better and contributes to a stronger sense of connection to the community. It can add to a greater sense of purpose, especially among seniors, and lead to being more engaged in other aspects of life.

Don’t believe us?

According to this study, 94% of people who volunteered in the last year say that volunteering improves their mood and 96% say that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.  Also, 81% of employed volunteers who volunteered through their workplace agreed that volunteering together strengthens relationships among colleagues. In addition, 78% of people who volunteered in the last 12 months say that volunteering lowers their stress levels.

This may happen because volunteering takes one’s mind off of personal problems, if only for a short time, by helping to focus on the needs of others.

Why not take advantage of the health benefits that come from volunteering by helping at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. We have something for everyone. Whether you help in our office, daycare or elsewhere in our facilities, we have a place for you.

You can strengthen your health and make a difference in someone’s life, all at the same time!

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