Volunteering enhances quality of life

posted Aug 28, 2017, 11:49 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 11:50 AM ]

According to Eric J. Schneidewind, president of AARP, people are living nearly three decades longer than a century ago. He suggests that with all this extra time, the best thing for people to do is find a passion, and volunteer to share your skills. We all know there is a personal benefit when we volunteer  – we feel better as endorphins increase with the positive jolt we get from helping others. We feel valuable, important and happy helping others.

Research shows that people who volunteer live longer and don’t suffer as much from depression and the effects of the aging process.  According to Schneidewind, research shows that volunteers have lower incidents of heart disease and those who volunteer over 100 hours per year, experience increased health benefits. And another plus is that the older the volunteer, the greater the personal benefits of volunteering.

Our Volunteer Driver Transportation Program has been helping people feel good since 2008. Our volunteer drivers have provided over 31,000 rides since then and the drivers, as well as riders, express great satisfaction with this service. If you would like to improve your sense of self-satisfaction and your overall health, please join our team as a volunteer driver.  If you would like to meet one of our happy, healthy volunteer drivers, please call me five business days before your appointment with your ride request, and we’ll get you on the road to happiness. Please call 829-2440 with your request.

~ By Dean Brittingham, Transportation Coordinator