One of the most rewarding things anyone can do is volunteer for something. It can often be difficult to fit volunteering into our busy lives, but research has shown that it’s good for us. “Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others in need and improve your health and happiness.” (Helpguide.org)
There are many volunteer opportunities available, but finding the right fit might take some time. What do you like to do? Are you happier in a group or working alone? How much time do you have each month to commit? Are there causes you support that would benefit from your time?
In Suffield alone we have many, many volunteers who give their time to the library, to Emergency Aid, who are firemen, who put together our local Observer, who volunteer in the schools and as coaches. They sing in choirs, organize food drives, support their houses of worship with events, and join service organizations like the Rotary or Lions Clubs. They deliver meals and visit the homebound, and they work with conservation groups and animal shelters. They serve on our many boards and commissions. And, that’s just the beginning.
Volunteers are part of the bedrock of our communities and our country. Think about joining the many people who have made the decision to support their communities and their country in so many positive ways.
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day for the kind of community you want to live in.” – Unknown