POSTED ON: Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 12:00 am   By: HHOK

Five reasons why volunteering is good for your quality of life

Five reasons why volunteering is good for your quality of life
  1. Volunteering connects you to others
    1. Volunteering allows you to connect others and the community and help make it a better place. The smallest tasks can make an impact on the lives of people and the organization you are volunteering for. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps in social networking, making new friends and boosting your social skills while being rewarded in an utmost way.
    2. Volunteering strengthens your ties to the community and increases your support network, exposing you to people with common interests and goals, and fun and rewarding activities.
  2. Volunteering can advance your career
    1. Volunteering can help you achieve experience in your area of interest and meet new people in the field. Volunteering provides the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and time management.
    2. Volunteering offers you the chance to try something new without making any long term commitment. For example; volunteering in hospice provides you with opportunities to help others and their families with compassion, integrity, a listening ear, respite, simply being a companion.
  3. Volunteering brings gratification and fulfilment to your life
    1. Doing volunteer work you find a meaningful and renewed sense of creativity. You feel motivated, and provide a vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life. Many people volunteer as a hobby outside of work or the home. Volunteering is enjoyable and another way to explore your interests and passions.
    2. Volunteering can provide a richer and pleasant experience for you and others. Example: Being a hospice volunteer can bring you joy and a sense of well-being by helping the patient and their families cope with a terminal illness. Just being present during this difficult and painful time can provide peace to the patient and family. In return, provides you with the gratification of helping someone else in their time of need.
  4. The benefits of becoming a Hospice Volunteer
    1. Hospice volunteers have a better appreciation for life and understand what is truly significant
    2. You will have a deeper understanding and acceptance of the role of death in the process of life
    3. A sense of fulfilment and impact on yourself and your community
    4. Being understanding and having compassion of different cultures, religion and spirituality
  5. Volunteering increases self-confidence and provides a sense of purpose
    1. You are being noble for others and doing what is right for the community, which provides a sense of accomplishment.
    2. The role of a volunteer can also provide a sense of pride and identity. The better you feel = the more likely you are to have an optimistic view of your life and future goals.

Corie's Bio

Corie Tarello is the Volunteer Coordinator and We Honor Veterans Coordinator for Home Health and Hospice of Kansas. During her career at Home Health and Hospice of Kansas; Corie initiated Animal therapy, Massage Therapy, Music Therapy, haircut and styling, Veteran program, junior volunteer program and nail painting and shaping into the volunteer program. She began her health care career as a medical assistant for various medical clinics throughout California and Kansas. During her 30 years of health care experience, Corie also worked in education and health care administration. She actively volunteers at her church, for hospice and a variety of events and activities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing with her dogs, sports events and relaxation.