There is a beautiful relationship between a healthy life and a life of service. We actually take away from our quality of life when we convince ourselves that we only have time for paid work and overlook the benefits of unpaid of work. Here are just three of many reasons to make volunteering part of your everyday life in St. Charles County.
- Volunteers live longer and healthier lives. Psychology Today reports Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, later in life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer. However, older people who volunteer are almost always people who volunteered earlier in life.
- It makes you feel good! Volunteering makes you happy! Researchers at the London School of Economics found that people become happier by volunteering more. A sense of purpose and a personal sense of accomplishment is obtained with you give your time and talents to others. This can account for some of the positive effects that volunteering has on your mood.
- Combats stress– Engaging in service goes beyond just being something fun to do; it decreases stress, too. Studies on the “Happiness Effect” of volunteering show that you become happier the more you volunteer. Dopamine is released in the brain when you assist others, which has a positive effect on how you feel. Volunteers also experience lower levels of depression.
Why not get one step closer to healthier you and a healthier community by volunteering with one of our partners? Below you will find links to some of our partners volunteer opportunities. Our Community Strong Volunteer Opportunities will be posted very soon as well. Be sure to leave a comment of where you volunteer and why.
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital
St. Luke’s Hospital https://www.stlukes-stl.com/services/volunteer/index.html
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospitals in St. Charles and Lake Saint Louis
St. Charles Family YMCA https://gwrymca.org/programs/volunteer
St. Charles City-County Library https://www.mylibrary.org/volunteer-library
Compass Health https://www.compasshealth.org/careers/volunteer/
St. Charles County Government https://www.sccmo.org/869/Volunteering
Missouri Extension in St. Charles County https://extension2.missouri.edu/counties/st-charles/master-gardener
City of St. Peters https://www.stpetersmo.net/volunteer-position-descriptions.aspx
Community Council of St. Charles County http://www.communitycouncilstc.org/give/volunteer
Historic Frenchtown Association http://historicfrenchtown.org/who-we-are/membership
Great Rivers Greenway https://greatriversgreenway.org/get-involved/
Habitat for Humanity St. Charles County http://habitatstcharles.org/volunteer/
City of O’Fallon https://www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer
St. Charles County Community College https://www.stchas.edu/student-life/volunteer-opportunities
Vision Leadership St. Charles County http://visionleadership.org/
Wentzville Fire Community Outreach https://wentzvillefire.org/community-outreach/
Boys and Girls Club St. Charles County https://bgcstc.org/volunteer-today/