This blog post was contributed by Jennifer Gawor, Community Manager at Getinvolved.ca
With September in full swing, it’s time to switch gears and get involved in something new to benefit you and your community.
With all of the exciting and fulfilling ways to give back these days, why not take this opportunity to increase your physical and mental health at the same time? It could be just what the doctor ordered!
Read on to discover how you can take charge of your health and happiness– and that of your community–when you share your time as a volunteer.
Volunteer to Improve Your Physical Health
From improved cardiovascular health, to better body functioning, and even increased life expectancy, studies have shown volunteering to be an excellent way to boost your overall physical health. Opportunities to get fit and get moving are endless when you engage in volunteer activities such as gardening, coaching, biking, or even joining a marathon to support a cause that’s close to your heart.
Experiencing mobility issues? Not to worry- you can still make an impact! Explore the various ways to give back and meet new people when you become a virtual volunteer. From blogging to graphic design, virtual volunteering is a great way to share your time and talents in an accessible way. To learn more about how you can begin virtual volunteering, click here.
Volunteer to Strengthen Your Mental Health
Often when we think about the health benefits of volunteering, we overlook the positive impact giving back can have on our mental health. Explore what makes you happiest when you care for shelter animals, share your passion and talents by entertaining long-term care residents, or meet new people when you join a festival committee.
With the unlimited opportunities volunteering provides us to make new friends, be recognized and valued, and explore new hobbies and passions, you’ve got a lot to smile about!
Support the Well-Being & Vitality of Your Community
Improving your physical and mental health are just a few of the positive outcomes volunteering creates. But did you know when you volunteer your skills, knowledge, and compassion you could also improve the overall health of your community? Make a positive impact in your community when you facilitate sporting events, tutor youth, participate in conservation initiatives, or attend fun community events and festivals.
Volunteering your skills and talents not only provides much needed social services to your community, but can also help in your pursuit of personal and professional goals—the possibilities are endless!
Ready to Take Action?
Check out all of our amazing opportunities to get involved using the Get Matched Tool at Getinvolved.ca!
Not sure where to begin your volunteering experience? Find the best volunteer match for your strengths and interests in your community when you take our free VQ Quiz!