Live Longer – Volunteer in Your Community
Many older Americans believe they are likely to spend more time volunteering during the next five years. This speaks to better health among the older population and can contribute to their overall good health.
As baby boomers approach retirement, 40% indicate that they're ‘very’ or ‘somewhat likely’ to spend more time working in community service by 2013, according to a recent survey by AARP.
Older volunteers are more likely to receive greater benefits than those younger from volunteering, perhaps because volunteering provides them with physical and social activities and a sense of purpose during a time in life when their social roles are changing. Some of these findings also show that volunteers who devote a more substantial amount of time to volunteer activities, about 100 hours per year, are more likely to have positive health benefits.
Among their findings:
Over three-quarters of those volunteers who participate in service activities through their workplace indicate that they feel better about their employer due to the employer’s involvement in their volunteer causes.
In this economy, as nonprofit organizations struggle to provide services to greater numbers of people on smaller budgets, volunteers become even more essential to the health of our nation’s communities. Helping others helps not only the community, but also contributes to one’s personal health. This is good news for people who enjoy volunteering.
National volunteer rates
The number of volunteers in the U.S. is growing annually. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service:
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