Most of us know that volunteering is a great way to get a lift, but many researchers are discovering that volunteering actually has measurable benefits to our overall health and well-being. This week, we are doing a three-part series, sharing the highlights from a recent study conducted by VolunteerMatch and UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Do Good Live Well.”

Today, we’re shifting the focus just a bit to look at how volunteering impacts Americans’ sense of community.

An overwhelming majority of volunteers believe in the interpersonal and societal benefits of being a volunteer. Some of these benefits include:

  • Making their community a better place
  • Using volunteering as an opportunity to socialize
  • Developing friendships as a result of volunteering
  • Learning valuable things about the world through volunteering

In fact, 96% of volunteers and 82% of non-volunteers agreed that volunteering can help build a stronger and healthier America.

Volunteering is proven to keep you in better physical health, give you a greater sense of emotional well-being and is the easiest way to help build stronger communities in our country. By serving 3-4 hours a month, you will see huge improvements in multiple aspects of your life.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and volunteer!