Why is Volunteering Important?

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, January 13, 2020

New York City is one of the busiest places in the world. In a city that is always very busy, it might surprise you that roughly 48% of residents engage in volunteer activities. Volunteering is one of the best things that one can do. Finding a cause that you can lend a hand to can not only help others, but you can get a lot out of the experience. Finding a volunteer organization that you can be passionate about can open a lot of doorways to doing good and and living a happier life. 

Improved Mental Health

Volunteering has been shown to benefit your mental health. Volunteer work can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The sense of community and the overall social contact within a volunteer organization is great for improving your mental health. 
The human species is a pack animal. Helping others gives you a good feeling because we are hard-wired to help others of our tribe, however we define it. Doing good deeds causes your body to release serotonin and other hormones that generate good feelings. Ultimately, people feel happier when they help others.

Improved Physical Health

Surprisingly, volunteering can also improve your physical health. Some studies suggest that volunteering can lead to lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan. This is most likely due to a combination of physical activity and increased positivity from volunteering. Stress is also tied closely to physical health; so reducing it via volunteer work can lead to improved health overall.

Making Connections

Volunteering boosts our social reach and fosters a larger sense of community. Taking the time to join a cause and help others is a good way to meet new people. Often, our circle of friends shrinks as we age. But, by working with a volunteer organization, you can connect with people you might not have met otherwise. You can become exposed to new people, and new friendships.

Helping Your Career

The job market is increasingly competitive. Volunteer experience, for people of all ages, can look good on a resume. Volunteering shows a potential employer that you can take initiative, and that you are willing to give your time to help others. Volunteering is also a great way to network and expand your reach.
Many skills important to employers can be improved upon while volunteering. Communication, teamwork, problem solving, planning, organization, and more are all essential skills in the workplace, that can be built up while helping others.

Creating a Sense of Purpose

Because volunteering does not provide monetary compensation, most people choose causes close to their hearts. Feeling a special connection to a cause helps drive you forward, and makes you want to achieve more. Fundraising and volunteering can help create a sense of purpose; especially in adults. Older adults that are retired or have lost a partner often find a new purpose in volunteering.

For almost 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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