Volunteering and giving your time to a worthwhile cause is an incredible way to spend your summer. There are plenty of outlets and people in need throughout the community. Even giving back in the simplest of ways can increase your health and happiness. Here are some great benefits and rewards of volunteering:

  1. Connects You with Others: Not only is volunteering an opportunity you can do with a friend but it also allows you to create new relationships and meet other people with the same interests as yourself. This could become a routine venture that could blossom into a brand-new group of friends and colleagues. Consider planning an activity with your family and grandchildren. This could be a memorable experience and lesson for the young people in your family, showing them firsthand the rewarding feeling of helping others in need
  2. Strengthens Your Body and Mind: Research shows that volunteering can improve your mood, reduce stress and increase your overall happiness. It will put you in the position for constant socialization, increasing brain function and reducing chances of anxiety and depression. Giving back to others and the community will present a natural sense of accomplishment.
  3. Brings Fun and Fulfillment into Your Life: Having a purpose and collaborating with others will bring joy into your life and also the lives surrounding you. Giving back to those less fortunate can boost your self-esteem and is an amazing way to actually make a change in your life and community. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure and have better thinking skills.
  4. Positively Impacts Your Community: There are so many opportunities and ways to make a change in the neighborhoods surrounding you. Someone can always use extra help, whether it’s children, adults, gardens, churches or community centers—a little help can go a long way. Reach out to your HFV supervisor and see what ways you can be of assistance!

Where to Look for Volunteer Opportunities

  • Henry Ford Village desk
  • Summer school programs or youth organizations
  • Community gardens or conservation clubs
  • Animal shelters
  • Churches or other places of worship
  • Libraries
  • Community theatres or museums

Source: Healthy Living