What is the value of volunteering?
Tracy French, volunteer coordinator at Page Hospital
Question: What is the value of volunteering?
Answer: National Volunteer Week is April 18-24. It is designated as a time to recognize all volunteers, the spirit of volunteerism, and to encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to become involved in their communities.
About one in three American adults currently volunteer, and studies show that people who donate their time not only help the community but also gain work experience, meet new friends and improve their own health.
Volunteering has been shown to improve self-esteem, reduce heart rates and blood pressure, increase endorphin production, enhance immune systems, reduce stress, and combat social isolation.
According to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering leads to greater life satisfaction and lower rates of depression, is linked to physical well-being, and individuals who volunteer live longer.
Volunteers come from all walks of life; young and old, rich and poor.
There are many ways you can volunteer and many organizations that need volunteers. Once you find the right volunteering opportunity, why not spread the word and include the entire family? Parents who give their time often include their kids once they are old enough to participate. In addition, donating time as a group is a great way to bond while helping others. Families that volunteer together often have lots of fun together. It's a way to build relationships with one another and teach kids about having empathy. Volunteering as a family also gives parents insight into their children's interests and abilities. Knowing that, parents may be better equipped to help their children succeed.
Many volunteer organizations are locally based, and opportunities can best be found by contacting the agencies individually. Listed are just a few of the local organizations that would find huge benefit from new volunteer members:
- Page Hospital Auxiliary
- Meals on Wheels
- Circle of Page Food Bank
- National Parks Service
- Medicaid Volunteers
- Page Community Foundation
- Page Regional Domestic Violence Services
- Red Cross-Grand Canyon Chapter
- Page Library
- Page Schools
- John Wesley Powell Museum.
As this is National Volunteer Week, Page Hospital is taking this opportunity to celebrate the incredible team of volunteers that comprise the Page Hospital Auxiliary.
The impact and power of their service is evident throughout the facility. The Auxilians, through fund raising efforts and operation of the hospital gift shop, have purchased surgical equipment, safety brochures for visiting tourists, transportation funds for displaced family members and many other much needed items.
These volunteers are selfless in their actions, noble in their intentions and they enrich the lives of people who they may never meet. On behalf of Page Hospital, thank you for your devoted service to the community!
Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!