Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Benefits of Volunteer Work

Volunteer work has many benefits not only for those who you are helping, but your family and your children's future. Children learn by watching the grown ups around them when they see you reaching out to help others they will carry that into their own lives. My youngest loves to volunteer, the benefit for him is the fuzzy feeling he says he gets when he helps someone else. Ever notice when you help someone else you feel better, you smile more and life seems better. Why do you think this is? Because we all want to be good at something and helping others is easy and anyone can do it, we feel like we have achieved something and we have. Another benefit from volunteer work is that we get to meet new people and sometimes make long time friends. Some friends of mine are involved in Girl Scouts, they visited an assited living home and talked to a resident about their life. The girl felt so attached to the elderly gentlemen she talked to they invited him over for dinner, took him to church and made him a part of their family. Many elderly individuals in assited living facilities or nursing homes do not have regular visitors this helps them feel cared for and they love to be around children, especially the women.

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