“Eat your veggies. They’re good for you.” This infamous phrase likely brings back memories of dinner table stand-offs. For many of us, doing what’s good for us doesn’t come easy, and dare I say, isn’t always enjoyable. Why can’t we just choose to do things that are both good for us, AND enjoyable?
As adults, we can make healthy choices that suit us and our tastes. Many of us choose to volunteer. Volunteering, like eating your veggies is good for you, and there are more than 60 million Americans who would likely agree. According to a 2017 article in the Huffington Post, 25.3% of Americans volunteer.
The benefits of volunteering flow both ways. Volunteers share their time, skills and kindness and in return, they can improve their own well-being. There are tons of studies out there that list the mental and physical health benefits of volunteering (just Google it to learn more). Some studies show that it may even extend our lives. As the Volunteer Coordinator for our Library District, I know first-hand from my own experiences and those of our volunteers just how beneficial volunteering can be. As one of our most involved volunteers told me recently,”...it keeps me working. Staying active and helping in my community where I can is one of the best ways for me to stay connected.” She went on to tell me that it gives her a reason to stay active in retirement and to know that “...[her] life still matters.”
For those looking to volunteer in Sandpoint you are spoiled for choices with ways to get involved and there are great resources both in our community and online to help get you started.
- If you're like me and you search for everything you need online, we've got you covered. You can visit VolunteerMatch.org where many local nonprofits list current volunteer opportunities.
- If you prefer one-on-one help to find just the right volunteer match for you, drop in or call JoAnna Quick at Volunteer Idaho Panhandle (VIP) for information: (208) 255-4025.
- If you’d like to meet representatives from various local nonprofits face-to-face, come to a VolunteerMatch Live! meet-up in Sandpoint. The next meet-up will be on Wednesday, October 24th at 2 pm in meeting room 102 at the Sandpoint Branch. Meet up with local nonprofits to see how easy it is to share your talents with a cause you care about and do something good for yourself and other.
Make the choice that best suits you, and you CAN eat your veggies and enjoy them too.