When you volunteer, do you know who you are helping? The answer may seem obvious, but you may be helping more people than you know, including yourself!
These are just some of the people who can benefit from your volunteer time throughout the year:
Clients are the most obvious beneficiaries of your service. You may not always be aware that the smallest act of kindness can make someone’s day. The homebound elderly, underprivileged children, and all of our other clients truly appreciate any help that our volunteers are willing to offer.
Lutheran Service Society has approximately 150 people on staff, and approximately 4,000 volunteers. That means that there are over 25 volunteers for each member of our staff. Do you think we could do our jobs without the help of our amazing volunteers? No way!
By helping others, you can help yourself! Here's how:
Volunteering can give you valuable experiences that you will use in your life, in school, and in building a career. You can gain community service hours with Lutheran Service Society, and we can even provide references when you are applying to schools or to prospective employers.
Spending time with our clients can give you a much needed break from the office and the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. Our business volunteer opportunities can also provide you with a way to gain valuable experiences with your co-workers which can improve the quality of your work and life within the office walls.
These days, we don’t get much time to spend with our families. Volunteering together can give you the opportunity to teach your kids the importance of helping others, and it can be a fun and different way to do a family activity!
Did you know that you are improving your health while volunteering? According to US News and World Report, “People who volunteer enjoy longer lives, higher functional ability, and lower rates of depression and heart disease.” And according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, older adults who volunteer 1-2 hours per week tend to live longer than those who do not.