The Benefits of Volunteering During COVID-19
While we are in COVID-19, there are still ways for you to serve as a volunteer here at Oasis Center. For more information about volunteering, please consider the following.
"I’m going to let you in on a little secret about volunteering. It is not a completely selfless act. Yes, you are helping others accomplish something but you’re also getting some amazing blessings in return for your time. Here are some of the amazing benefits of volunteering."
LaToyia Dennis - The Motivated Mom
Being Part of a Community
These days most Americans report that they no longer truly feel like they are a part of any community. This loss of community results in social isolation, depression, loneliness, and being more prone to illness. By volunteering with a social change organization regularly, you become part of a community. You get a greater sense of belonging and that does amazing things for your mind, body, and soul.
Not only will you be part of a community when you volunteer, but you will also be providing services and resources to help others. This can help you with your feelings of loneliness. If you are not sure how volunteering translates into helping others, look at some of our testimonies on our website. This is also a great way to bond with the people who are also volunteering.
Learning New Skills
From helping people to stay focused on their Oasis Center life plan, to teaching people life and cognitive skills, there are a lot of different skills to be learned by volunteering. You are often taught these skills in exchange for your volunteering service and these skills can then be used elsewhere. Even if you are volunteering for a totally different assignment than what you’d originally intended, once you learn how you can have a life-changing impact on others, you will gain a new sense of community. There is a rather good chance that you will get as much out of your established relationship as the people you are helping.
A job well done or even seeing the smile on someone’s face when you put it there, gives a fantastic boost to your confidence. Knowing that because of your hard work helping someone to obtain a “living wage job” brings about a warmth that you will carry with you for days. When you see that your actions matter you get a sense of accomplishment and pride. This is one of the many reasons why volunteering is such a worthy endeavor. It can give people a much-needed boost in confidence in a world where all lives matter.
Lower Risk of Dementia
There have been several studies that have shown that those who volunteer may be at a lower risk of dementia and it also appears to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. This is why you will often find older people, especially women, volunteering for tasks that are easy for them to do in their older age. It is the social interactions that help to improve the elasticity in the brain that can be thanked.
Improves Job Prospects
Having volunteer experience on your resume can give you a big boost over your competitors when it comes time to find a new job. This is even true when the volunteering you are doing is not inside your field of work. Employers love seeing volunteering experience on job applications as it says a lot about your character. For older people, even those who are retired, volunteering provides them with meaningful work.
We are living in a time of social change and a “new normal” which requires each of us to look out for each other. Volunteering is an “intentional” act of caring, being part of a community, helping people, learning new skills, and lifting up others.
For more information, contact Mrs. Ruth Burton @ 972-437-3801 and she will discuss with you how you can become a volunteer and a difference-maker. Learn more about Oasis Center at oasisctr.org
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