Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Why Volunteers Volunteer (According to Them!)

Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer
Volunteering has that effect on you.  You become more interested, more motivated and satisfied with life.

95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.
We’ve found it overwhelmingly the case that volunteering has an effect on you physically.  The great feeling gets into your bones and changes your lifestyle.

Volunteering results in a “helper’s high,” a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
Helping is also great for your mental health and is a great way to connect to others.

Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.
You can volunteer regularly for just a few hours at a time.  It doesn’t have to be a burden or impose on your life.  That’s all it takes to have an impact on you and the people you help.

A strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness, health, and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities.
Don’t take our word for it.  The statistics speak for themselves.  Helping others really does help the helper.

The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement.
You will be surprised at how helping others changes you and enriches your life.  It is the lifeblood of our community and we want to thank all our volunteers for all their dedication and support. It’s never too late to start over.  Try something different today.  At JewishCare we have 500 active volunteers. 

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award is an annual awards program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million plus volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community. 

This year JewishCare nominated two outstanding volunteers Kristina Voytenko and Tom Vizard and we wish them luck. Become a volunteer.

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