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Health Benefits of Volunteering

April 5, 2009

According to “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research” a study released  by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering provides health benefits to the individuals who volunteer in addition to social benefits.

They have found that those who volunteer have:

  • lower mortality rates
  • greater functional ability
  • lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer
  • less incidence of heart disease

These studies find that older volunteers are more likely to receive significant health benefits from volunteering than younger volunteers.

“Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger… More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits.”

– David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

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