A warm glow and sense of connection aren’t all you get from volunteering: It can improve your mental health and help you live longer too!
A new paper by Dr. Suzanne Richards and collegues at the University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK, reviewed 40 studies from the past 20 years on the link between volunteering and health. Published in BMC Public Health, the paper finds that volunteering is associated with lower depression, increased well-being, and a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying.
BE HAPPIER, LIVE LONGER & VOLUNTEER:
- Review our list of current volunteer opportunities.
- Take a Volunteer Self-Assessment to make sure the WLP is a good fit for you.
- Once you have determined that the WLP is where you would like to donate your time, please fill out our secure online Volunteer Application form. This can also be mailed to you by contacting the Volunteer Services Office at 617-449-7211.
- The application will ask you to list two references, excluding relatives, who you have worked or volunteered for. The individuals you list will be sent a Reference Form to fill out.
- If you are under 18 years of age, please fill out the application form and have your parent or guardian submit a Parental Permission Form to:
WLP Volunteer Services Office
For other volunteer inquiries, please email Lisa Brown, Volunteer Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Volunteer Self Assessment
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