Did you know that volunteering could help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life? It’s true, according to Angela Thoreson, an independent licensed clinical social worker and researcher. In August 2023, she wrote for the Mayo Clinic Health System that volunteering has many important benefits, especially for older adults.  These include:

Improving physical and mental health by reducing stress and the risks of heart disease, stroke, depression, and anxiety.
Providing a sense of purpose and teaching valuable skills.
Nurturing new and existing relationships.
What’s more, Ms. Thoreson’s research found that “people who volunteer have lower mortality rates than those who don’t volunteer.”  This confirms what we’ve found here at People Who Care, a nonprofit that provides escorted transportation and other services to adults unable to drive due to illness, disability, age, or vision loss. Founded in 1991, People Who Care has had thousands of volunteers over the last 30 years and, while we are pretty sure that they live longer and healthier lives, we are positive that they are happier than most!
The majority of our volunteers are older adults who find that by helping others they are helping themselves.  This must be what keeps them around. Among our current volunteers, about 50% have been with us for five years or more, 20% have been serving for 10-plus years, and nearly 10% have been volunteering for 15 or more years.
We think that part of this devotion may be due to our policy of flexibility:  our volunteers can choose the kind of volunteer work they want to do, and they can volunteer as little or as much as they want. In other words, they can do what they can, when they can. And the end result is that our clients, whom we call Neighbors, receive the services they need to live independently and safely, our volunteers improve their physical and mental health, and everyone gains friends.  It’s a win-win!
Do yourself a favor and give us a call today at 928-445-2480.
We need volunteers throughout the Quad Cities.  We can’t guarantee you’ll live longer, but you’ll definitely live happier!
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