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October 9, 2013

10 Reasons to Volunteer

by PBUnitedWay
  1. It’s good for you! Various studies have found that volunteering provides physical and mental health rewards, including the reduction of stress and depression and strengthening of the immune system.
  2. Volunteering builds relationships. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and connect you with others who share similar interests.
  3. It saves resources. Your time and service is valuable, and means that more money can be spent on local improvements. The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $22.14 per hour. 
  4. You learn a lot. Volunteers gain knowledge of local issues and resources available to solve community needs. They also learn things about their own hidden talents and interests.
  5. Volunteering strengthens family ties. When everyone is busy, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of family time. Volunteering is a great way to bring the family together and create lasting memories — all while having fun!
  6. It encourages civic responsibility. Community service and volunteerism are a valuable investment in our community and the people who live in it.
  7. Volunteering helps you feel accomplished and satisfied. It just makes you feel good. Volunteering helps you feel pride and contentment in your achievements.
  8. Volunteering improves academic and occupational performance. Volunteering in adolescence is associated with positive outcomes that last into the teen years and even into adulthood. According to Child Trends Data Bank, “Teens who volunteer are less likely to become pregnant or to use drugs, and are more likely to have positive academic, psychological, and occupational well-being.”
  9.  Volunteering strengthens our community. Volunteers help support families, improve schools, help the sick and elderly, support youth, and beautify the community.
  10. You make a difference. Every person counts. If 1,000 people gave 1 hour per week for 10 weeks, our community would see 10,000 hours of community change.

What volunteer activities do you do?  To find out more about volunteer opportunities with our 50 partner agencies please call 561.655.1919 or email info@palmbeachunitedway.org.

Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors like you. Although some of the needs since 1945 have changed, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is still helping people who struggle with hunger, homelessness, job loss, abuse, mental illness, and more.  To find out more about the Town of Palm Beach United Way visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.   On behalf of the community that we serve, THANK YOU for the difference you make. 

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