While it’s inherently understood that volunteering is a noble venture, oftentimes the actual implementation is ambushed by real life. We want to give back, but need to balance that time and effort with our families, careers, friends, and other passions.
But it’s important to understand that volunteering doesn’t just help those on the receiving end – it also helps those of us providing services.
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, “volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social benefits.” So why should you consider volunteering with WSL?
Share Your Knowledge:
Do you have niche knowledge or a special skill that would be educational or entertaining to residents and locals? Remember that volunteering can be a great way to develop your skills.
Support Your Community:
Giving back to your local town or region is one of the best ways to make a difference in your community. And many of the residents at WSL have done their part to help Portsmouth become the thriving city it is today – why not help repay them?
Maintain Your Health:
“Even when controlling for other factors such as age, health, and gender, research has found that when individuals volunteer, they are more likely to live longer,” says the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Whether you’re looking for a one-time opportunity or a long-term opening, WSL provides plenty of volunteer opportunities that can help enhance the residents’ quality of life. You can make a difference by becoming a resident’s buddy, teaching a skill, providing a much-appreciated service (like reading aloud), or assisting staff with key daily tasks (like transportation scheduling). These personalized services help us keep our community diverse and resident-focused.
Learn more about volunteering with WSL, and view all open opportunities, here.