If Volunteering Really Helps You Live Longer, Where Do I Sign Up?

I recently read an article by the American Psychological Association from a couple of years ago titled ‘Volunteering to Help Others Could Lead to Better Health’.  It starts by stating, “People who volunteer may live longer than those who don’t, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association.”   Wow, could this be true?  What a great reason to get out there and volunteer with an organization that you are interested in!

Now, the question becomes…where do I volunteer and what can I do?   Nonprofits find that using internet sites which specialize in volunteer advertising and recruiting are a good resource.  There are some great sites out there to get connected with volunteering.  Some are:

Hands on Network
Hands on Atlanta
Volunteer Match
Points of Light

People can find general volunteering opportunities from the above sites.  They may also be able to find specific skills-based volunteering from these sites.  For a real adventure, some people go on vacation and volunteer.  If you are interested in this, check out:

Just Give
Globe Aware
Global Volunteers
Projects Abroad
Hands up Holidays

Next week I’ll speak about skills-based volunteering which is when an individual provides their specific professional skills or trade to a nonprofit organization in a volunteering capacity.  Until then….happy volunteering!


Photo credit to: Microsoft Office Clip Art

Jeanne Ward is a Consultant and Personal Strategist who brings her knowledge of psychology, strategy and personal fulfillment to her current work. Jeanne started her career by helping mentally ill inmates to ‘get their lives back on track’ as they integrated back into society from jail in NYC. She leveraged this experience with a Social Work degree to manage teams who were supporting people trying to move back into the workforce. She later lived in Atlanta, GA and Frankfurt, Germany where she began consulting with nonprofit organizations to guide them on their strategy, volunteer development, and organizational development as well as to support the development of their leaders and board of directors. After the jolt of a divorce, Jeanne found herself doing a lot of soul-searching. Digging deep, she arrived at a new-found appreciation for herself and the world around her. This journey taught her that when we start with improving ourselves, the benefits multiply. Jeanne realized that her strengths of strategic thinking, relationship building, and implementation planning could be combined into her ongoing passion of personal leadership. Hence, her personal strategy work was born. Jeanne helps men and women between the ages of 35 and 55 who are fed up with their corporate jobs to create fulfilling professional and personal lives through the development of a personal strategic plan. This work ensures that her clients identify their professional and personal goals as well as create a plan to make those goals a reality. Jeanne is also the Executive Director of the Atlanta Road Trotters Kid’s Running Club, a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for children to build a foundation of running health and fitness which leads to a better connection to the organized running community as well as a strong foundation of Discipline, Self-Esteem, Respect and Team Work. She has also co-authored a workbook on networking, founded and organized the National Association of Social Workers-Georgia-sponsored ‘Social Service Career Network’ and organized a summit for the National Alliance for Mentally Ill attended by over 100 organizations from 6 Atlanta counties. Previously, she sat on the board of NASW GA as their Secretary as well as on the board of NAMI GA/DeKalb as their Co-President, was a senior consultant for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and helped to run a capital campaign for an independent school. Jeanne has an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work (City University of New York), an MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) and a BA in Psychology from Emory University. Jeanne lives in Atlanta with her ten-year-old son.

Leave a Reply


captcha *