What can teach you new skills, reduce stress and keep you mentally stimulated, yet only 25% of Americans partake in it??? Hmmmmm, now that I think of it, there can be several answers to that question, but the one I’m referring to is Volunteering.
Yep – volunteer work can have enormous benefits to you, your family and your community. The right match can help you find friends, learn new skills, combat depression and even advance your career. Yet with our busy lives, few of us follow through and actually do it. But volunteering doesn’t have to involve long-term commitment or take a huge chunk out of your day.
Just yesterday I was invited to teach two classes, only 45 minutes each, to high school students who were selected to partake in a program called PEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence). Coming from low-income families, these students are the first in their families to potentially attend college. This program helps prepare them to apply and be successfully admitted to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, helping them build study skills and explore their career interests.
Working with 24 students gave me a sense of accomplishment, knowing that I helped make their life a little easier; a little brighter.
That’s what volunteer work does. Not only does it help those who need a hand to pull them through the darkness, but it also gives us a sense of worth – knowing that we truly made a difference in someone else’s life.
So, if you only have an hour here and there, and you just can’t make a long term commitment, try one of these links to volunteer for any amount of time you can spare. You choose. Do you want to work with children, older folks, animals, plants??? Do you have just one evening, a full day, or longer??? No matter what you decide, the rewards are endless
Volunteer Match: https://www.volunteermatch.org
One Brick: https://www.onebrick.org/