To Be Challenged …
Volunteering is an opportunity to participate in fulfilling activities, which makes a difference in the lives of others.
Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.
To Do a Civic Duty …
Volunteers feel a sense of community, which has a positive impact on their health and overall well being.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, others make it happen.
To Share a Skill or Passion …
Volunteering can improve self-confidence and self-esteem, which helps reduce blood pressure and improves immune functions.
A challenge in which a successful outcome is assured isn’t a challenge at all.
To Learn from Others …
Volunteering helps form interpersonal ties and develop social networks, which act as buffer against stress and illness.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being.
To Gain Leadership Skills …
Volunteers live longer. Studies report that engaging in regular volunteering increases life expectancy because social interaction improves quality of life. Read more about the health benefits associated with Volunteering here or contact the “Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Paducah/McCracken County” for more information.
Health Benefits of Volunteering
A study of adults age 65 and older found that the positive effect of volunteering on physical and mental health is due to the personal sense of accomplishment an individual gains from his or her volunteer activities.
Another study found that volunteering led to lower rates of depression in individuals 65 and older.
An analysis of longitudinal data found that individuals over 70 who volunteered approximately 100 hours had less of a decline in self-reported health and functioning levels, experienced lower levels of depression, and had more longevity.
Two studies found that volunteering threshold is about 100 hours per year, or about two hours a week. Individuals who reached the threshold enjoyed significant health benefits, although there were not additional benefits beyond the 100-hour mark.