The role of a hospice volunteer is not easy, but the benefits can last a lifetime. Connections are made as hospice volunteers bring joy and enrichment to their lives.
Volunteering allows people to connect to their community and work to make it a better place. Helping out with the smallest task, for a very minimal time, can have lasting impacts. People often report that volunteering has helped them make new friends, expand their network and increase feelings of self-worth.
New to the area? Volunteering brings positive social contacts and exposure to those with common interests. Volunteering gives individuals the opportunity to improve their social skills, especially as they gain more insight into their volunteer role.
You may choose to volunteer with your family. Adults can show children how volunteering makes a difference and how meaningful it can feel to help others. In addition, volunteering allows families to do free activities together.
Volunteers share kindness, compassion and positivity. Recipients may choose to give back or “pay it forward” to others. This cycle of giving back can inevitably improve the dynamics of any community.
Volunteering increases self-confidence and life satisfaction. Doing good things for others generates a sense of accomplishment.
Volunteering can reduce the risk of depression. One risk factor for depression is social isolation, and hospice volunteers maintain regular contact with others while helping to develop a solid support system. This may protect volunteers from stress and depression. Volunteering can also help keep people physically healthy as they stay motivated to maintain their volunteer role.