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:
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:
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!
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