Volunteering with CF Canada is a great way to get involved and give back. Not only does it benefit our community, but volunteering has plenty of added benefits for you as well!
1. It could lower your blood pressure
Did you know that a 2013 study from Carnegie Mellon University found that adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers?
2. To have MORE time
Research from Wharton found that those who volunteer their time consequentially feel like they have more of it, the same way that people who donate to charity can feel wealthier. It helps you feel more ‘time-affluent,’ and therefore more productive.
3. To overcome your quarter-life crisis
Your mid-twenties can feel like a confusing transitional period in your life, focused on finding your identity, purpose or career. Volunteering allows you to test the waters of your other interests and career paths instead of fully committing, quitting your day job and realizing you don’t like your new line of work three hours in.
4. To live longer
A Wisconsin Longitudinal study found that people who volunteered in 2004 (for altruistic reasons, not for their personal satisfaction) had a mortality rate of 1.6 per cent in 2008 compared to 4.3 per cent for non-volunteers.
5. It’s free therapy
Volunteering helps you see beyond yourself and any problems you may be facing, and in turn allows you to see the world and others from a completely different perspective. What’s more, the boost in social interaction decreases feelings of loneliness and depression.
6. It boosts your resume
Finding a job can be difficult, and volunteering gives you the chance to develop skills that are useful in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, project planning and organization. Showing potential employers that you didn’t remain idle while looking for a job doesn’t hurt either.
7. You can inspire others
Volunteering helps you feel good as you’re doing good and is a great look on anyone. It also helps paint the complete picture of you and shows your friends, family, teachers and colleagues what you’re interested in and committed to when you aren’t with them. You might even inspire them to join you!
8. To grow your network
You never know who you’ll meet while volunteering. You’ll encounter a great variety of people who you may not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. These people can sometimes help you get a foot in the door somewhere and connect you with people to help get you where you’d like to be.
9. It helps you feel more love
Research done at the London School of Economics found that the more a person volunteered, the happier they became. Volunteering helps build empathy, social bonds and your happiness – all factors that increase the feeling of love.
10. Have fun!
Volunteering with us is just plain-old fun. You’ll get to work with our great team, meet our amazing volunteers and build lasting friendships all while helping us create a world without cystic fibrosis.
What more could you ask for? Check out our current volunteer opportunities here.