“Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger,” said David Eisner, CEO. “More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits.”

This quote is from a study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service click here.  Just amazing!  Who would have thought when I signed up to tutor elementary kids in reading or serve dinner to the homeless, I was actually treating my body to some TLC?  

Friends, here is life-changing information.  This is information that will make you go directly to our website, www.chicagocares.org, and register to volunteer more than you ever have before.
Volunteering benefits both mental and physical health; for many of us, this is great news.
  1. Volunteering increases self-confidence. A healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction is what the doctor ordered. Doing well for others and the community, provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
  2. Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. It keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system.  This, in turn, protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times.
  3. Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
Well, I know what I’m going to do right before I log off my computer, what are YOU going to do?