Volunteerism is not only good for the community, it’s good for the volunteer as well. Research shows volunteerism has social, emotional and physical benefits for seniors.
Volunteering connects seniors to their community.
It also can help them make new friends, hone their social skills, gain access to neighborhood resources and expand their support network, exposing them to people who share the same interests.
Volunteering boosts self-confidence and self-esteem.
Community service can also stave off depression and feelings of isolation because it requires interaction with others. Studies show volunteering makes us happy. Researchers at the London School of Economics studied the relationship between volunteering and happiness in adults and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were.
Volunteering is even good for your physical health.
Research shows that seniors who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. And even seniors with mobility issues can volunteer. There are many volunteer opportunities via phone or computer.
Volunteer Opportunities in the Area:
CASA of Davidson County
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program speaks for abused and neglected children caught in the court system. CASA’s trained volunteer advocates speak exclusively for each child and give them hope.
Raise Your Hand Tennessee
Raise Your Hand Tennessee is a statewide effort to recruit volunteers to read, tutor, and mentor children. Anyone with passion and commitment can help children and youth succeed in school and in life.
Homemaker volunteers assist elderly and disabled persons with the tasks of daily living to allow them to live on their own.
Tennessee Respite Coalition
Senior Companion Volunteers serve as companions to other seniors, providing respite for a family caregiver.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides meals for those who are unable to prepare meals on their own due to health conditions. Those who receive meals also enjoy the visits from volunteers who care about them and assure that they are doing well.