At Eastside Friends of Seniors, we know that our volunteers are vital to our program. Volunteers keep our program running and are the reason we exist. Not only do we benefit from the work of our volunteers, but there are good reasons to be a volunteer. Volunteers have shared their experiences with us and www.helpguide.org also lists some positive reasons to volunteer:
- Volunteering helps connect you to others. EFS volunteers are matched to individual clients and often new friendships develop. One of the services volunteers provide is friendly visiting. In the words of one of our volunteers, “Volunteering with the organization opens up just a fantastic friendship. They become an important piece of your life.”
- Volunteering is good for your health. Volunteering may benefit your health in many ways including reducing the risk of depression, increasing self-confidence, and helping you stay physically healthy. By getting out of the house and keeping in contact with others you are reducing your social isolation which in turn helps combat depression. By doing for others, you’re getting a sense of pride, which makes you feel better about yourself, and in turn increases your self-confidence. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but especially for older adults. We have many older people that volunteer for us. Studies have shown that volunteering helps reduce stress and lessens symptoms of chronic pain.
- Volunteering can advance your career. Volunteering with Eastside Friends of Seniors is a great way to find out more about the needs of the elderly and learn new skills. All of our volunteers receive training to work with our client group. We also have volunteers who receive specialized instruction such as those who work with our visually impaired clients. Not only do you gain valuable skills while volunteering with us, but who knows, maybe you’ll decide you want to pursue a career that involves working with seniors?
- Volunteering brings fun to your life. As many of our volunteers will share with you, our clients are delightful and truly inspirational. Interacting with them is a fun way to escape from your day-to-day work routine, school or family commitments. And clients are genuinely appreciative of the help that the volunteers give to them. Volunteering can make you feel appreciated and happy!
We can’t say enough about how much our volunteers mean to our program. We are so very grateful for the contributions that they make. We know their hard work benefits our clients and we are glad that chances are, they are also benefiting from their volunteer work.
You can also benefit by volunteering. Please call our office at 425-369-9120 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Eastside Friends of Seniors.