Give Back: Doing Good Year-Round

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Guest blogger: Lindsay V., Communications Coordinator / Compass Rose Benefits Group

Being charitable is very popular over the holiday season because that is when most people are reminded how lucky they are—the holidays tend to bring out their charitable side. But, what about volunteering during the other months of the year? Charities and non-profit organizations need help then, too; maybe even more so because they’re not getting an influx of volunteers.

Not only will charities benefit from your kindness, but you may benefit as well. Volunteering may help you learn humility, gain a new perspective and inspire you. What’s more, volunteering allows you to be a part of something. If you are retired and looking for something meaningful to do with your new-found time, this can be highly rewarding and fulfilling.

Here are some reasons to volunteer:

  1. Benefit your health. When you focus on a good cause, you are no longer focusing on the stressors within your own life. Reducing stress and boosting your mood ultimately makes you healthier.
  2. Bring out your creative side. Do you really love to paint but find yourself stuck behind a desk all day? Volunteering is a good way to use the skills you love, but usually neglect due to other time constraints. Maybe there is an after-school art program that could use your help.
  3. Strengthen your community. Families, schools, local parks and more all benefit from volunteers.

The best reason to volunteer is because it could bring a smile to someone’s face; and, who knows, maybe even your’s.

You don’t have to wait until the holidays to be giving. There are many ways to give back to your community or help someone in need throughout the year, such as by donating clothes, toys and food or by volunteering to help children, the sick or the elderly.

If you are not sure where your passion lays, try volunteering at one different charity or organization each month. Think about the skills, resources and time you have. Maybe you find you are really handy. Well, maybe a local recreation center needs volunteers to build a new playground, or you might try applying these skills at Habitat for Humanity. There are many ways to give back to your community that involve more than donating money. Check out volunteermatch.org to search for volunteer opportunities in your community that match up with your interests.

What are your favorite charities or ways to give back?

Be sure to check out this post to learn about CRBG’s own outreach efforts.

RESOURCES: http://communityservice.org/volunteering/charity-work-top-10-reasons

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