Volunteering: good for others, good for yourself


Looking for a way to give back to your community?

Make volunteering a part of your everyday life. Even the smallest tasks can make a big impact in the lives of those around you.

But did you know it can also make a significant impact on your own life?

According to “Doing Good is Good for You,” a 2017 health and volunteering study by UnitedHealth Group, 75 percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering. The mental and emotional benefits of volunteering are even greater, with 93 percent reporting an improved mood, 79 percent reporting lower stress levels, and 88 percent reporting increased self-esteem by giving back. Additionally, volunteers are significantly more likely to feel they have greater control over their health and well-being.

With the number of opportunities available today, it might seem overwhelming trying to find one that fits your interests and schedule.

If volunteering with older adults is your passion, Elderwerks Educational Services can help. The not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation offers complimentary assistance to seniors and their families in finding housing, care and support.

“We can connect individuals to volunteering opportunities or even utilize them ourselves,” said Jennifer Prell, president of Elderwerks Educational Services.

Just some of the ways you can volunteer with older adults include providing transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, facilitating activities, and delivering meals.

And no amount of time is too much or too little.

According to the AARP Foundation, the difference for those struggling can come down to one conversation, one act of kindness, one volunteer.

You can be the one for someone today. Look for a community service opportunity near you.

Elderwerks Educational Services : 251 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067: 855.462.0100 : https://www.elderwerks.org/

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