We live in a world where it is so easy to get pulled into the daily grind and wrapped up in
our own problems and issues that we forget about others and their struggles. Volunteering
empowers us to help others in a selfless way. When we shift our focus from ourselves and
choose an outward focus, we may find hidden treasures that not only improve the world
around us but transform us as well.
Let’s look at just a few of the powerful benefits of volunteering:
Creates a Sense of Purpose
Purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. When we volunteer, we may find we are free to transform our own pain and suffering into something good, something bigger than ourselves enabling us to be present and helpful to others who are experiencing hardships.
The training and hands-on experience we gain while volunteering can help us develop new skills as well as enhancing and strengthening ones we already possess.
Increases Self Confidence
When we are doing something to benefit others and our community, we have an increased sense of pride and accomplishment.
Volunteering offers an opportunity to make relationships, meet friends, and build connections with people we might not encounter otherwise. Research confirms that relationships are key to happiness.
Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle
Volunteering keeps us active both physically and mentally, so it’s not surprising that research shows volunteers report healthier lifestyles than non-volunteers. Research also confirms that volunteering leads to lower rates of anxiety and depression, reduces stress, and increases positive and relaxed feelings by releasing dopamine.
Erin’s House is blessed to have so many remarkable volunteers walking alongside our children, teens, and their families during some of the hardest times of their lives; however, we are in urgent need of additional volunteers with a passion for our mission.
We are currently serving over 800 individuals each month and expect that number to increase by the fall. Our goal is to have 30 new volunteer facilitators join our seasoned volunteers when our regular peer-support groups begin in September in order to best support the children participating.
Are you ready to experience the benefits of volunteering while helping heal hearts of children and teens who are grieving?
If the idea of starting this journey with Erin's House aligns with your desire to serve in our ever-changing world, we invite you to fill out a volunteer application. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions: Ellen@ErinsHouse.org or 260.423.2466.
Ellen Roemke | Director of Volunteers