Volunteering Is Good For The Brain And The Community

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~

Denver, Colo. – Individuals who volunteer report greater self-esteem and self-worth.  When you volunteer, your brain is stimulated in a way that is different from any other activity.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Volunteering reduces stress and increases positive, relaxed feelings by releasing dopamine. By spending time in service to others, volunteers report feeling a sense of meaning and appreciation, both given and received, which can have a stress-reducing effect”.

Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.  Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people and organizations in need.

But many times, the work of volunteers goes unheeded and unrecognized.  During National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the Colorado Gerontological Society recognized more than 225 volunteers who are actively involved in the telephone buddy program, who deliver holiday baskets, who provide technical support such as computer support, systems analysis, taking older adults to appointments, and many other tasks that contribute to our success.

The Society also wishes to thank our many public/private partners.  Our partners include sponsors of the Salute to Seniors, Medicare Monday, and Colorado Senior Resource Guidebook; a statewide network of audiology, optometry, dental, and mental health providers; community-based agencies, media sponsors; public policy partners including congressional representatives, legislators; as well as federal, state and local policymakers.

To all of you, we are grateful for the support and commitment to helping older adults in Colorado.  Your time and talent has a valuable impact on older adults. 

If you wish to join our team of volunteers or partners, call 303-333-3482 or 1-855-293-6911 (toll-free).

Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. 

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