First and foremost, volunteering incorporates service into our lives as we make a different in our community and society. Volunteering has many various intangible benefits such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment.
While we share our time, talents, and efforts we solve problems, strengthen communities, improve lives and transform our own lives. There have been a growing body of research that shows how volunteering provides individual health benefits as well as social ones. Those who volunteer have lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
Some of the research also indicates that volunteers who devote a considerable amount of time to volunteer activities, which is about 100 hours per year, are most likely to exhibit these positive health outcomes.
Here are a few tips for families who want to volunteer:
1. Sometimes busy schedules allow for little family time. Volunteering is a great way to bring families together while giving back to the community.
2. Life lessons can be taught through diligent service. Family Volunteering allows everyone to have a chance to expand perspectives and be exposed to new issues, first-handedly.
3. Encourage life-long volunteering. While families volunteer together, children are more likely to develop the habit of giving to the comity and are more likely to counter on their own in the future.