Fact: Volunteering is good for you!

By: Hannah Fried-Tanzer, Intern: Emerging Jewish Leaders Program

JBBBS volunteers tout the way mentoring-friendships make them feel good. But it’s more than a feeling. It turns out that eating your fruits and vegetables is not the only path to a healthier you. Volunteering is proven to improve physical and mental health and professional lives, too.

Physical Benefits:

Feeling physically healthier: 76% of American adult volunteers report that volunteering has made them feel physically healthier. And it’s more than a feeling.

Less Stress: 78% say that volunteering reduces their level of stress. And acts of “do-gooding” help reduce blood pressure.

Mental Benefits:

Happier lives: An Americans’ Changing Lives survey found that those who volunteer report higher levels of happiness, life-satisfaction and self-esteem.

 Professional Benefits:

27% more likely to be employed: In July 2013, the Corporation for National and Community Service conducted a study and found that volunteers are 27% more likely to find a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. Volunteering keeps a job-seeker’s skills current while filling gaps in one’s résumé.

Do good by someone else. Do good by you. E-mail volunteers@jbbbs.org to learn more about how you can make a difference here.

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