In honor of National Volunteer Week last month, I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight the positive effects of volunteering on mental health and wellbeing. I, myself was very surprised to hear that this was a researched area and that volunteerism contributed to positive mental wellbeing?! Upon reading the literature, it became evident as to why.
Mental Health Benefits to Volunteering:
- Improves Mood
If you volunteer outdoors, this is a great way to reduce stress and improve mood. Volunteering makes you feel better, as you contribute to a cause and a community.
- Reduce Feelings of Isolation
Volunteering can often connect like-minded people which in turn, can reduce feelings of isolation. It’s an excellent way to expand your social network and contribute to a meaningful cause.
- Boosts Self-Esteem
Volunteering can yield new skill development and allow you to contribute your existing knowledge to larger projects. Immersing yourself in projects that require your time and talent will give you a sense of accomplishment!
- Intrinsically Rewarding
When we are volunteering and helping others, we get this “warm/fuzzy feeling” (for lack of a better word!). For older adults especially, volunteering is a great way to stay connected with others after retirement!
Here are a few volunteer opportunities right here in Fox Creek:
- CRC Community Gardens – someone to help with upkeep i.e. filling water barrels, a bit of weeding (GREAT for those outdoor lovers!)
- CRC Volunteer Driver Program – transporting seniors to medical appointments out of town, must be 18+ with clean driving and criminal record
- CRC Community Well-being Alliance – members help to make a difference by working to improve well-being in our community. Great for those that are passionate about mental health!
- Fox Creek Historical Society is looking for board members specifically
- Fox Creek for the Children Fundraising Society is looking for members
- Fox Creek Curling Club is looking for members
- School Council is looking for members
- Eagle Tower Victim Services
If you would like more information on any of these volunteer groups, please reach out to the Community Resource Centre at (780) 622-3758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be able to directly connect you with a group of your interest.
There are many volunteer opportunities in our amazing community- these are just a few options!