Exchange Club Volunteer Program
Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.
Findings by the Mayo Clinic Health System have demonstrated the substantial health advantages of volunteering, particularly among older adults, which encompass the following aspects:
- Enhancing Physical and Mental Well-being: Engaging in volunteer activities not only keeps individuals active but also mentally engaged. Studies have shown that individuals aged 60 and above who volunteer experience improved physical and mental health compared to non-volunteers. Volunteers tend to report better physical health and lower rates of depression and anxiety, particularly among those aged 65 and older. The act of volunteering reduces stress and fosters a sense of positivity and relaxation by triggering the release of dopamine. Through their service to others, volunteers often derive a sense of purpose and gratitude, both in giving and receiving, which can alleviate stress. Reducing stress further diminishes the risk of various physical and mental health issues, including heart disease, stroke, depression, anxiety, and general illnesses. Additionally, volunteers tend to have lower mortality rates compared to non-volunteers, even when considering age, gender, and physical health as factors.
- Instilling a Sense of Purpose and Imparting Valuable Skills: Volunteers contribute significantly to the essential functions of daily life, which provides them with a profound sense of purpose, particularly when they invest their time and skills in areas they find meaningful. Older volunteers experience notable increases in life satisfaction and self-esteem. For instance, at Mayo Clinic Health System, volunteers fulfill crucial roles as greeters, waiting room attendants, patient information providers, and patient transport assistants. Many volunteers use their craft skills to create items like prayer shawls, blankets, sweaters, and hats, often gifted to newborns and cancer patients. They also work in the hospital gift shop, perform administrative tasks, and offer pet therapy through the Paws Force team.
- Fostering New and Existing Relationships: Volunteering promotes social interaction and helps establish a support network built on shared interests. Engaging in common activities is one of the most effective ways to forge new friendships and strengthen existing relationships. Volunteers often come from diverse backgrounds, which not only broadens their social connections but also provides opportunities to practice social skills with a wide range of individuals.
People choose to volunteer for various reasons, such as exploring new careers, honing their skills, staying active during retirement, meeting new acquaintances, and contributing to their communities. However, all volunteers share a common aspiration: to enhance the health and well-being of their community members.
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at the Exchange Club of Las Vegas?