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Volunteering is a beneficial two-way street

Posted April 17, 2013 in Advice Column

Volunteers help out in many ways and do a lot to keep a community glued together. Their big (and small) daily acts of kindness do not go unnoticed, nor does their major impact in many organizations. Volunteers connect with the community and make it a better place. Volunteering is often a two-way street, where the volunteer’s life is enriched from helping others as well as the community or an organization benefiting from their help.

How volunteering can make you happy:
Volunteers often take part in fun and fulfilling activities.

Volunteering can increase your social skills. You’re often within a group that has assembled around a common interest, thus a topic of conversation is provided.

If you’re new to the area, volunteering is a great way to get involved and form new friendships.

Volunteering as a family helps show children the importance of giving back to the community firsthand.

Knowing you are doing good for others as a volunteer increases self-confidence and satisfaction.

Volunteering helps combat depression by keeping you in contact with others and prevents social isolation.

Volunteering is a great way to find a new hobby and explore new interests.

Volunteering can renew your creativity and motivation, which can carry over to your personal and professional life.

If you do volunteer in your community, be sure to enjoy yourself. If you’re not enjoying a specific activity, ask the organization to try something new. Don’t give up if that’s not working out; there are many options and another organization may be a better fit for you and your goals as a volunteer. Thank you to all those who volunteer in our community or have volunteered in the past.

This year National Volunteer Week is April 21-27.

Information gathered from HelpGuide.org. Written by Kelsey Klaver, Marketing Director at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2401 Des Moines St., Webster City. For more information, call (515) 832-2727.

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