Live longer by helping? "Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer." "Researchers...measure the benefits that volunteers receive, including the positive feeling referred to as “helper’s high,” increased trust in others, and increased social and political participation." (see "Health Benefits" source below)
It's a proven fact that volunteering gives--to giver AND receiver. "Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health and that older volunteers are the most likely to receive physical and mental health benefits from their volunteer activities." (see "Health Benefits" source below)
Five hours a month will do wonders for all. The Office of Somerville Commissions asks commissioners to give five hours per month. To break down the month's time: two hours for a meeting, an hour for reading and sending emails, and an hour or two to help with a project/event.
The "Power of Giving" multiples when you become a commissioner. Office of Somerville Commissions has fun slide shows that cover just how five hours can be powerful for both the giver and the whole City.
Ready to earn a cape? Check out the Somerville Commissions workshops, monthly meetings, and info slides. "Learn More": Overview, Timetrack-O-Meter, and Community Engagement Benefits at www.somervillema.gov/departments/health/somerville-commissions (all in the lower right-hand side column).
"The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research" by Office of Research and Policy Development, Corporation for National and Community Service: 2007. Source: www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/07_0506_hbr.pdf?tbl_pr_id=687