Thursday, March 29, 2018

Volunteering Is Good for Your Health -- In More Ways Than One!

By Taylor Kilgore

At CUNA Mutual Group, we care about volunteering. It’s part of our company culture. We can all see the benefits it has for the people and communities we serve. But, did you know it’s good for your health, your career and possibly your family life too?

Studies show that volunteering improves mental health, lowers your blood pressure, increases happiness and provides a sense of purpose. According to a recent United Healthcare study, nearly 80 percent of people who volunteer say that it has made them feel healthier and lowered their stress levels. In addition, nearly 95 percent found their mood improved and their sense of purpose enriched.

Volunteering can advance your career, too. It provides a renewed creativity, motivation and vision that can carry over into your professional life. It gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communicating, problem solving, project planning, task management and organization.

Family life may even benefit from volunteering. Children are always watching. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people.

Everyone has busy schedules. So, know that volunteering can be tailored to when it is convenient for you. You can make it a one-time event, or it can be ongoing. Know that any time volunteered goes a long way and makes a lasting impact – even in ways you never imagined.

If you're looking for ways to give back to your local community? You can take advantage of National Volunteer Month in April. Or, to learn more about the work we're doing through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and with the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation, click here.

Why do you enjoy making a difference in your community? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.