Reasons for volunteering (aka "helping others) include community improvement, giving back, and sharing hope with others. They're all great reasons, for sure. But here's another incentive: volunteering can help to improve your health.
In a 2011 report entitled "Volunteering and Health for Aging Populations," the Population Reference Bureau identified five major health benefits related to volunteering.
It's only natural to want to get something out of volunteering. I can tell you from personal experience, however, that it doesn't take much... a simple "Thank you" from an elder who can no longer drive... a "God bless!" from a family caregiver, a smile from a hungry child. It does makes one wonder who's helping who.
Now that you're more eager than ever to volunteer, check out the wide variety of opportunities below....
"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll