Those who receive help are grateful and volunteers learn that helping others makes them feel better. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you reduce stress, anger and anxiety, combat depression, connects you with others allowing you to make new friends and contacts. It is good for your mind and body, creates an impact on your community to make it a better place to live, expands your network, advance your career, brings fun and a sense of purpose to your life, increases your self-confidence, teaches you valuable job skills, gaining career experience and boosting your social skills. Your child looks to you as a role model. Teach them to be giving and compassionate to others. Better yet, make volunteering a family affair. Bring them along.
There are many ways to volunteer in your community. Visit a nursing home or senior center. Ask a senior about their past. They have a lifetime of wisdom to share. Go to the school or library were you can help children. Get involved with Reach Our Youth where you can be a big sister or big brother to a youth. Have building skills or want to learn? Reach out to Habitat for Humanity. Ring the Salvation Army bell. Become a coach. Help at a food bank, a soup kitchen or a hospice center. Like retail with a purpose? Volunteer at When Pigs Fly.
Love working with animals? Volunteer at the Huron County Humane Society. These opportunities to help others and many more are available in Norwalk and Huron County. When it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements.
We want to thank all of the volunteers at the Huron County Humane Society for contributing thousands of hours of unpaid service by walking dogs, cleaning, folding newsletters, grooming dogs and cats, working on various fundraising events and all other hands-on assignments. Your unwavering dedication and love for animals has helped improve the quality of life for the animals at the shelter ultimately finding furever loving homes for them.
If you’re still on the fence about volunteering, remember studies show that giving can protect your health and prolong your life while helping another in need. Throughout your life others have unselfishly helped you become the person you are today. So pay it forward. Smile. Open the door for someone. Volunteer. Every day that goes by without helping another is an opportunity missed in making your neighborhood and community a better place to live.
You make a difference.
Darla Gow is community development director for the Huron County Humane Society.