By: Malarie Allen
These words are just a few used by Shepherd’s Cove volunteers recently to describe the motives behind their service to the patients and families facing end-of-life issues.
How often do people say they receive a greater blessing than they expected from volunteering? Turns out there’s truth behind that statement. Volunteerism has long been associated with mental health benefits, like stress reduction and social connections that help ward off loneliness and depression. And, most volunteers tell you their service gives them a greater sense of purpose and life perspective.
Scientific studies also prove giving time, talent, and treasure to others can lead to health benefits, as well. The Mayo Clinic Health Systems reports six benefits of volunteering, which include keeping your mind and body active and reducing risks of disease by buffering stress levels. Studies even show volunteering may help you live longer or experience less chronic pain.
Other studies also suggest regular volunteers have a lower risk of hypertension, according to The Renewal Project by Allstate Insurance.
Volunteerism can be good for the health of your business, too. Business News Daily reports promoting volunteerism among your workforce goes a long way to boost employee morale and workplace atmosphere.
Shepherd’s Cove welcomes volunteers from all walks of life – from retired residents who visit with patients to children’s groups who sing Christmas carols each year at our inpatient unit; from crafters to gardeners of all ages; from individuals who want to give back to corporate teams who help lead and raise funds for our agency.
Our volunteer force is powerful. Our mission would not be possible without volunteers of all kinds.
Our volunteers are the heart of Shepherd’s Cove.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help others on an end-of-life journey, click here. (https://www.shepherdscovehospice.org/volunteer-with-us/)