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What are some of the benefits to volunteering?

  • Volunteering leads to better health.
  • Older volunteers are most likely to receive physical and mental health benefits.
  • Volunteer activities strengthen social ties.
  • Volunteering protect individuals from isolation.
  • Helping others leads to a sense of greater self-worth and trust.
  • Volunteers are less likely to suffer from ill health later in life.

Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research, Washington, DC 2007.