Helping Others

Volunteering benefits everyone involved.

| April 9, 2012

All across the country, ordinary people are serving their neighbors and communities by volunteering – and it’s making a big difference in the lives of many.

In 2010, 62.8 million adults volunteered nearly 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations, according to Volunteering in America. This service is valued at nearly $173 billion.

When you volunteer, your time and effort not only helps others, but can actually benefit you in tangible ways as well. Studies have shown that adults who volunteer one to two hours a week have greater functional ability and lower rates of depression.

Volunteer activities strengthen social connections, which protects people from a sense of isolation during hard times. In addition, helping others not only expands your own horizons, it can make you feel better about yourself.



What Can You Do? 

There are many ways you can volunteer. Some of the most popular ways, according to Volunteering in America, include:






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