At the Wimberley Village Library we employ volunteers in a variety of ways. Our volunteers greet our patrons, check out books, shelve books, catalog books, help with fundraisers, maintain the appearance of the library, water the plants, work book sales and much more.
Why do they do it? Some do it for the social contact, some for the benefit of giving back to the community. Many like the exposure to new books and programs the library is constantly offering.
I suspect the volunteers know something that science is just now releasing in studies. * A growing body of research tells us that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates and less depression, along with a greater sense of control over one’s life and higher rates of self-esteem and happiness. Using health and volunteering data from the Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one report found that states with a high volunteer rate even have lower rates of heart disease.
Volunteering is not only good for your social and mental health, but now it’s good for your physical health. Want to live longer? Come volunteer!
*Harvard Health Blog , Stephanie Watson.