Whether you’re serving food, planting trees, mentoring
youth, or sharing your specialized talents, volunteering can be as beneficial
to you as the organization you’re helping.
Premera supports the communities we serve, and we’re proving
it by putting nearly $40 million into efforts to address health issues across
Washington and Alaska.
In addition to giving your community
a boost when you donate your time, you’ll give your health a boost. Here’s how:
- Decreases risk of depression: Volunteering is an opportunity
for social interaction and connects you to people with similar interests, which
has been shown to decrease rates of depression.
- Boosts self-confidence: Imagine watching a child go from struggling
to reading with ease or a pallet of bulk foods being transformed into
easy-to-distribute portions. You can do that! Volunteering gives a sense of
accomplishment that boosts confidence.
- Gives a sense of purpose: Volunteering is an opportunity to
turn anger into action. If there’s an issue you’re passionate about, you can
make a difference by showing up. Giving your time to do whatever is needed can
put things in perspective and instill a sense of compassion for others.
- Lowers blood pressure: While scientific studies haven’t
shown that volunteering directly lowers blood pressure. Volunteering has been
shown to be associated with lower blood pressure. One reason might be because working
gets you moving and increased activity can decrease blood pressure.
- Keeps your brain sharp: Particularly for older adults,
volunteering improved cognitive function. In turn, improved cognitive
functioning improves quality of life.
- Gives you experience: Volunteering is a great way to try out
some new skills to put on you resume. It can lift your resume to the top of a
pile when applying for a new job.