Hello I’m Positive community, we’ve got some big news to share with you!
We are excited to inform you that we are expanding our content team. We have been methodically putting together a content strategy that is sure to pay dividends for the organization and those we serve.
Speaking of those we serve, we want to spend a moment talking about service and volunteerism. As we’ve developed our content strategy, every discussion has been centered on how we can increase our ability to serve those in the community who need us.
Providing service is not just something we do as an organization, it’s also something that you do for us. There is a value to service and volunteerism that can’t be quantified by a number. We are the backbone of each other’s success.
The Research of Giving
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, our revenue model is not based on serving a shareholder, but rather serving a community. What we take in is directly funneled back into the programs we offer. Our all-volunteer team does what it takes to make sure their community gets served.
We take comfort in knowing that in this hyper-capitalistic society, there are other ways to be rewarded than through money. As it turns out, these alternate rewards may in fact be more beneficial to our health and well-being than the almighty dollar.
According to a study done by researchers at the London School of Economics, the more people volunteer, the happier they are. Compared with people who had never volunteered, the odds of that person being “very happy” rose by 7%.
In another recent study, Donald Moynihan, a professor at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, stated that “Our findings make a simple and profound point about altruism: Helping others makes us happier.”
Although we all live busy lives, the benefits of volunteering go far beyond a mere “happiness effect.” Volunteering helps us stay connected to our community and make it a better place. It gives us a sense of pride and accomplishment.
The Value of Connections
One of the best ways to make new friends and build upon existing connections is through shared activities. Ask anyone of a group of people volunteering, and they’ll tell you real bonds have been made from meeting other like-minded individuals.
Volunteering strengthens our ties to the community and exposes us to neighborhood resources that may have previously been unknown to us. When neighborhoods are strengthened through the bonds of friendship and common interest, everyone benefits.
While some of us are naturally outgoing, others are a bit more shy and reserved. Volunteering gives all of us the opportunity to practice our social skills. Once we get comfortable with others, it’s easier to connect with them and increase our social base.
The Sound Mind and Body
While it may not be one of the most obvious benefits to volunteerism, it is the most impactful on us. The fact is, volunteering benefits both our mental and physical health.
Volunteering increases our self-confidence, self-esteem, and overall life satisfaction. Providing for others in the community gives us a natural sense of accomplishment and puts some pep in our step. Our unique role as a community volunteer also creates a sense of pride and identity.
Have you ever found yourself battling the doldrums? Social isolation is one of the key factors of depression. When we aren’t feeling our emotional best, being around other people helps us improve our mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
Volunteerism has even been linked to a lower risk of dying early! If that isn’t a motivating factor, we don’t know what is!
The Career Booster
Whether we are looking to move ahead in a current career, or strike out on a new one, volunteering can give us the experience we need in our area of interest. It also connects us with other people in the same field who could be potential resources on the job hunt.
In some cases we can even volunteer for an organization that has connections with the companies we want to work for. We might be exposed to a professional organization or internship that could benefit our career through volunteerism.
Volunteering can also teach us valuable job skills. Look, just because we aren’t getting paid doesn’t mean we aren’t learning something. Many volunteer opportunities include skills and vocational training. Just one example would be someone volunteering to help with HIV testing for an LGBT center, and then going on to become an experienced HIV counselor.
Finally, let’s not forget how much better our resume looks with a healthy chunk of volunteer time on it. There are few things prospective managers or employers want to see more than a selfless person giving their time to help out. Now that’s a team player!
Are You Ready?
I’m Positive, Inc. exists to serve you, our community. We are merely a conduit by which resources are used to better the community. Our volunteering is done on behalf of you. And we love every second if it.
If you are looking for a way to help someone out, no matter how big or small, consider donating some time. There is a reason why they say time is money. Both are equally important.
The important thing to remember is that no amount of volunteering is too small. Even helping out with the smallest of tasks can have a big impact on the lives of those around you.
So the next time you are trying to figure out how to add some real fun and fulfillment to your life, ask yourself: How can I serve?
New Media Manager
Office: 888-799-9355 ext. 6005