Why Volunteer

Volunteering at any age is important. The Volunteer Service has compiled a list of the 5 biggest reasons that seniors, families, and individuals should volunteer on a regular basis. Scroll down to read about the benefits of volunteering. To sign-up for volunteer opportunities in Fairfield County click here .

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VOLUNTEER AS A SENIOR

Connect with Others

Creating new connections with people is an important part of volunteering, whether it is working in a community garden, writing cards to soldiers or helping at a local animal shelter. Volunteering can prevent loneliness, and these social connections with others keeps the mind sharp and happy!

Improve Health of Body and Mind

Volunteering is good for both mind and body! Volunteers have reduced stress and have an improved mood, which helps to lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, depression, and other medical issues. The social interaction of volunteering also significantly reduces the progress of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Try Something New

Volunteering offers the opportunity to try new things and helps individuals stay active in their community. With so many organizations needing a helping hand, the possibilities to try something new can vary from working in a hospital to participating in a beach cleanup, and more.

Leave a Legacy

Volunteering allows for sharing skills, life experience and specific passions that might not be available to the community without you!  Volunteering helps change the world.

It’s Fun!

Being a part of something bigger than yourself, meeting new people, and helping your local community is just plain fun.

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VOLUNTEER AS A FAMILY

Volunteering Fosters Empathy

Creating new connections with people is an important part of volunteering, whether it is working in a community garden, writing cards to soldiers or helping at a local animal shelter. Volunteering allows kids and teens the opportunity to connect with people from all sorts of backgrounds to achieve a common goal. Volunteering also cultivates empathy, which helps children learn how to imagine how others may be feeling or what they may be going through.

Volunteering is a Well-Rounded Experience

When children and teens volunteer, they learn new interpersonal, life and work skills. Volunteering helps develop social skills like communication and compromise.  Working with people who have different skill sets allows kids to see how a community can come together to achieve a common goal.  In addition, kids who volunteer develop a sense of self-efficacy through their efforts in making a difference in their community. Seeing their hard work make their world better empowers young people to apply themselves in other contexts such as school, sports, and other activities.

Volunteering Together Strengthens Family and Community

Volunteering as a family is a great way for parents and children to see each other in a different light and learn together. It is a truly good experience that will benefit everyone in the family.  Volunteering together strengthens society and family bonds, in addition to bettering the community in the process. Volunteering provides children the experience of supporting community resources that your family uses, or that benefit people that they care about. Through this, children and adults alike feel empowered by their positive influence.

Helps Get Kids in to College

It’s a well-known fact that colleges look for well-rounded candidates who make a positive impact in the world around them. A history of volunteering creates a more empathetic, caring and civic-minded teenager; not just a “good candidate,” but a “good person”.

“Concentrate not on being the best candidate, but on being the best person. Pay attention to what is going on in the world around you. If you do those things, not only will the world be a better place because you’re in it, your greatest admissions worry will be choosing which colleges to pick from.” –Martha Blevins Allman, Wake Forest University Dean of Admissions “What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate” (Washington Post)

Keep in mind that college admissions officers look for a history of long-term volunteering, not just a “quick hit,” so it is important for kids to start early and become involved in a cause that interests them!

Volunteering is Good for You!

Research consistently shows that altruism has positive health benefits.  Volunteering is good for the mind and body, and has been proven to reduce stress and helps improve mood.  Being a part of something bigger than yourself, meeting new people, and helping your local community is also just plain fun!

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VOLUNTEER AS AN ADULT

Expand Your Connections

Creating new connections with people is an important part of volunteering, whether it is working in a community garden, writing cards to soldiers or helping at a local animal shelter. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, and further develop existing relationships. Through volunteer work, society and individual bonds are strengthened, all while helping to better the community. 

Combats Stress & Improves Health

Research consistently shows that altruism has positive health benefits.  Volunteering is good for the mind and body, and has been proven to reduce stress and helps improve mood, which helps to lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, depression, and other medical issues.

Develop New Skills

Volunteering offers the opportunity to try new things, and helps individuals feel connected to their community. With so many organizations needing a helping hand, there are many opportunities to explore new skills and interests that you might not get to enjoy otherwise. Those who volunteer regularly also have a 27% better chance of gaining employment, and 60% of hiring managers see the act of voluntarism as an asset when making recruitment decisions, according to a study performed by Career Builder.

Give Back to your Community

Volunteering allows you a chance to give back to the community through sharing your time, knowledge and interests with others.  With a desire to serve, you can make a difference!

It’s Fun!

Volunteering makes you happy; when you take time to help others and better your community, you attain a personal sense of accomplishment. Being a part of something bigger than yourself, meeting new people, and helping your local community is just plain fun!