Volunteering contributes to health

While many people volunteer their time, the need for more assistance in community service organizations has never been greater

Volunteering is beneficial for the community, for the individuals who are being helped, for your family, and for you, the volunteer.  It can enhance opportunities for employability, self-esteem, personal coping skills and resources, all of which have health benefits. There are “helper’s highs” and “helper’s calm”, fostering longer and healthier lives.

As one volunteer recently said, “Volunteering produces such a positive attitude in my life because helping others is one of the best and healthiest things I can do. The commitment I make to do these jobs keeps me moving”

While many people volunteer their time, the need for more assistance in community service organizations has never been greater.  It is a false notion to think the community is covered when it comes to volunteering.  Community service non-profits have hundreds of volunteer opportunities open and waiting to be filled.  More volunteers will be welcomed and appreciated.  Recent feedback to the volunteer centre, from just 20 non-profits, was that between them they felt they could use the help of 500 volunteers.

Visit The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre display booth during the Healthy Living Fair on March 2 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre to learn more about where you can help out in your community.

Find your ultimate volunteer opportunity at www.volunteercentre.info or call: 1-888-576-5661.

Wendy Weisner

 

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre

 

 

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