Health Benefits to Volunteering

Evolving volunteerism one day at a time… that’s the mission of a new YMCA movement – and Emily Medalen is live to tell us how choosing to volunteer can do more than just help those around you.

Good morning Tim – the YMCA actually began in 1844 and was based totally on volunteerism.
I spoke with one local program director who told me that she felt that aspect was slowly getting lost in the U.S.

That’s why the Y is revamping one of it’s core values with this movement.

Cameron says much of this new mission is based on research from Harvard and Yale that says volunteerism physically and mentally improves lifestyle.
If you’re interested in volunteering, there are plenty of opportunities at your local YMCA.
Whether it’s a one time event, or helping with daycare or even fitness classes –
She says the act of helping others has legitimate health benefits.

“To focus on people other than yourself helps lift depression. Being active and out in the community, and lowering stress is good for your heart, it improves longevity. We live in a society that is very disconnected, and a lot of us feel alone and like we don’t have enough time. Volunteering can really change that for an individual,” said Christy Cameron, Senior Program Director.

If you have something specifically you’d like to be a part of, or want to lend a hand in some way, visit the Y and they’ll find a place for you.

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