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The Rewards of Volunteer Work

Updated on February 7, 2020

"A friend in need is a friend indeed!"

Volunteers Sweeping after Hurricane Sandy in 2012
Volunteers Sweeping after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 | Source

Improve Mental Health

If you find yourself watching more hours of television than you'd care to admit, sensing little or no meaning to life, and feeling empty or listless, volunteer work for the local community should seriously be considered. To have a healthy, positive psychology, volunteering can help you feel good about yourself.

“The world is a better place because you're in it!”

Where to Volunteer

Community work may be organized through churches, schools, or places of commercial endeavor. Examples of charitable volunteering include trash pickups; tutoring a child; visiting shut-ins, the sick or elderly; perfoming household chores for an emotionally or physically challenged neighbor--the possibilities are endless.

Web Address
AARP Volunteer USA
Volunteer opportunities for seniors.
Network for Senior Corps and Americorps
Humane Society
Protection and care of animals community/volunteers
Peace Corps
Human welfare in developing countries
Tell Them Thanks
Supports military personnel through mail
Volunteers of America
Seniors, veterans, and homeless

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Nancy Reagan Promoted the "Just Say 'No'" Campaign
Nancy Reagan Promoted the "Just Say 'No'" Campaign | Source

First Lady Causes that Fed Volunteerism

First ladies have always had their influence on the American people since the inception of the presidency. However, a few of them have run campaigns in modern times to improve or reverse a social trend negatively affecting American citizens. Nancy Reagan, for example, headed the "Just Say No" campaign against illicit drug use. Barbara Bush focused on literacy. Hilary Clinton inspired the rights of women to progress. Laura Busch, a librarian, promoted multicultural understanding of the Middle East through children's books. Michelle Obama strove to educate the public and especially school children on nutrition and obesity in an effort to reverse the obesity epidemic plaguing the United States.

Each and every one of these ladies and many of their predecessors had some kind of interest that inspired Americans to act. So, the concept of volunteer work is as much a part of democracy as the flag and the eagle.

Wheat symbolizes God's abundance. Tithing is the part (10%) of supply that you give back to God.
Wheat symbolizes God's abundance. Tithing is the part (10%) of supply that you give back to God. | Source

Fulfilling Your Tithe

Tithing, encouraged by most churches, is based on the principle of giving. In doing so, you open yourself to life's energy flow through you. But tithing doesn't have to be just money; it can be an energy tithe. Volunteering your time fulfills the divine law of tithe and opens you to life's energy and opportunities.

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” --Bruce Lee, Martial Artist, Philosopher

Opening the Heart

Around your physical heart, there is a field of energy that appears pink in its purified state. This pink is associated with unconditional love, characterized as compassion. When a volunteer performs work as small as a favor, spends time with another, or performs a service in the community without thought of reward or payment, the pink aura of the heart is magnified and can be experienced as tangible warmth. Experiencing the "warmth at the heart" is healing--deep lines in the face soften, smiling becomes easier and more frequent, muscle tension and migraines begin to vanish, sleep becomes deeper, and you feel joyous, having discovered life's purpose. ***


“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteer Experiences in My Life

In looking back on my life and realizing there is more to come, I regard my farming childhood as volunteer work because, as a child, I was never paid for any chores I did; it was a basic lesson in karma, cause and effect, reward and discipline.

Life as a high school student required many extra hours after school in music sectionals for the band, working concessions, and even traveling to a small community that had lost its band director. Later, I joined Keyettes, who often made small gifts for community fundraisers. I also participated in dance band and pep band. I gave private lessons to the last-chair clarinet player at the request of my band director.

In college, I tutored at least one student whose English was a second language and volunteered as a professor's aid for American Thought and Language, a required curriculum at Michigan State University.

When part of a mother's support group, I enjoyed making a vegan meal for a mother who had just given birth.

I served as an assistant leader in Girl Scouts.

The Benstead Solar Project, founded by me in Torrance, California spurred successful upgrades and extended pool time for the City.

I enjoyed critiquing at The Next Big Writing online.

Later, I read individually to three elderly ladies in a nursing care facility through a county literacy council, sang in a church choir, and adapted/recorded stories for Dial-A-Story, which allowed children to call the library and listen to a bedtime story.

I worked as a cashier for an artists' association whose mission was to promote creative arts and crafts in the community. And, I've lost count of how many original quilts I designed, hand quilted, and gave away.

I hope my experiences provide inspiration for those needing ideas about how to make their lives more meaningful. Now, if you haven't already, get going and volunteer. God bless you!

What interests can you use to volunteer?

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    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      8 months ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      Yes, Denise. Volunteer work is liberating. The warmth experienced at the level of the heart is something money just can't buy. Thank you for the read and the comment.

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      Denise McGill 

      8 months ago from Fresno CA

      I worked with seniors and children for many years teaching watercolor and crafts. I stopped because the program was cut but also because I was having severe pain in my hips. I never went back to it because it involved lots of time on my feet. But I did love the good feeling I got.



    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      Thank you for adding your comment, Peg.

      I am still acclimating myself to my new home, but my quilt making and writing here at Hub Pages certainly have been non-profit activities to benefit individuals at large.


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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      When we give the gift of our time it is a worthy investment. We may never know the impact that just a few minutes of kindness can mean in the lives of a shut-in or home bound person or to someone in need. You've certainly found your niche in these richly rewarding activities.

    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      I couldn't agree more, Arachnea. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

      We are beings of love, and love needs to flow. Volunteer work facilitates that flow.


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      Tanya Jones 

      5 years ago from Texas USA

      I volunteer with NODA and Hospice. I find it rewarding to know that I'm am helping some else in some way. My belief is that if all members of a community took from the community and never gave back, then that community would soon be bereft and bankrupt. All members of a community need to find some way to give back.

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      Marie Flint 

      6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      I wish to thank Pharmg314 for visiting and commenting "Hello! interesting site! I really like it! Very, very good." [Edited for clarity.]

      While I have chosen to not approve your comment due to a word glitch, I do appreciate the comment and visit because volunteer work is an important part of the health of our society. I would like to see this particular hub get a lot more visits because of its message. ~~~

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      Brian Leekley 

      8 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting. Yes, volunteering is part of a balanced life and benefits all if done gladly and kindly and well. Good Christians, Jews, Muslim, Buddhists, Humanists, Communists, Freethinkers, and Pagans all advocate it and do it. It is part of being a good citizen and community member. Whether it is through a religious organization, a social service organization, or one on one, like reading to a blind neighbor or giving a housebound disabled neighbor some companionship time or helping with social activities at a veterans hospital or, as you say, any of many opportunities, it's a good use of spare time.


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