Why Volunteer

Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve.

But there are other benefits as well—tangible benefits such as awards, job and education certifications, professional development, and more.

RSVP offers a network of programs that tap the rich experience, skills and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. Senior Corps programs benefit the community, the organization, and the volunteer. 

Over the past two decades we have also seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. This research, which is presented by CNCS in a report titled “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research,” has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

Comparisons of the health benefits of volunteering for different age groups have also shown that older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits from volunteering, whether because they are more likely to face higher incidence of illness or because volunteering provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing.

Some of these findings also indicate that volunteers who devote a “considerable” amount of time to volunteer activities (about 100 hours per year) are most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes.

What are you waiting for?  Join the Retired Senior Volunteer Program by calling Triston at 955-4760 or emailing trlovato@ci.santa-fe.nm.us

To see the full report (20 pages) - "The Health Benefits of Volunteering" click here.