Participate in the Community!
According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, you strengthen your community and your social network when you volunteer. You make connections with the people you are helping, and you cultivate friendships with other volunteers.
The Campaign to End Loneliness says that close to 45 percent of people in the US and the UK admit to feeling lonely. On top of that, one in ten adults reports that they have no close friends. Loneliness and social isolation are two of the most severe epidemics in the world today. The simplest way to reverse this? Volunteer!
Socially, the benefits of volunteering show up quickly and have long-term effects. Social interaction improves mental and physical health, according to Psychology Today. The benefits of consistent socializing include better brain function and lower risk for depression and anxiety. You also improve your immune system.
Volunteering creates stronger bonds between friends, family, and coworkers. People build closer relationships, better connections, and more powerful attachments to people when they work together. If you feel the need for deeper connections with other people, try volunteering. You might live longer and be happier.
Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, low self-esteem, and even Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have all been helped by volunteering. When people with OCD, PTSD, or anger management issues volunteer, they feel more connected to others. They have an increased sense of purpose. Connection and meaning translate to decreased symptoms and improved social function.
*Stats courtesy of 15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You by thebalancesmb.com
On behalf of the North East Community Association, we would sincerely like to thank all of our volunteers. The association would not be as successful without the individuals who have volunteered their time, expertise, and materials to us throughout the years.
We deeply appreciate the willingness of these individuals and groups that would wouldn’t be able to offer many of our programs and events without. Our volunteers truly help to make our community a healthier, happier place to live in.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, Staff, and Community – we say a heartfelt Thank You!
If you would like to consider volunteering please simply sign up using the form below. We will reach out to you shortly!
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