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Volunteering Creates Purpose | Purpose Creates Joy | Joy Improves Mental Wellness
What We Do
Project Helping uses the joy of purpose created by volunteering to improve mental wellness. Everyone struggles with their mental health from time to time. If you need a little help with your mental health, or you’ve been struggling for a while, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to volunteer.
Why We Do It
At Project Helping we believe deeply that helping others is the most powerful means by which you can create change. If you need a dramatic change, or you’ve just been feeling down, changing your mental wellness can be as easy as helping others.
How We Do It
We organize and lead group volunteer events to leverage the benefits that helping others has on mental wellness. By choosing events that are simple to sign up for, impactful and social in nature, Project Helping makes it easy and fun to use volunteering to feel better.
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What We've Done
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It has been so long since I volunteered and Project Helping made it so easy to volunteer. The experience was so seamless and easy - great job! I have been exploring your website since I got home. The video of Jaclyn's story and the blog posts ... So many feels (and tears)! Long story short - I've been struggling with depression myself, and a depression skills class on behavior activation brought me to volunteering. Your mission statement feels true to my core, and I feel so aligned with what you're doing.
It is very difficult to find events with solid communication and a variety of events that have a variety of activities to do, but Project Helping clearly has both those aspects and more covered and with seeming ease. The event leaders were amazing and the event was coordinated beautiful. Project Helping an awesome organization and they truly helped/made me feel like I actually made a difference so thank you and keep doing what your doing!
I personally used to struggle with anxiety and depression so your mission is very relevant to my life. I felt that even this small event helped me find purpose to my city and gave a peace of mind, which is rare...I left the event with optimism and happiness :)
Something easy that anyone can just jump in and start helping! I felt as if as I was helping to fill their bellys with food, my heart was filled with gratitude. <3
The morning I drove home from my Project Helping volunteer shift at Urban Peak, I felt full of inspiration! Perhaps it was because the breakfast we served was truly made with love, or that the teens who came back for seconds felt hopeful, or maybe it was because our ProjectHelping kitchen crew was serving up smiles in addition to the hotcakes. Regardless of the exact reason, I know it felt really good to be in service. Project Helping helped me to feed my own heart. Thank YOU, <3
I benefitted from the event most by just feeling better about myself. I love helping people and this event gave me a chance to do that. It also gave me a chance to be with other people and have a good time not worrying about all the little things I worry about.
It was a wonderful experience. I didn't know anyone else in the group and everyone was wonderful. I loved volunteering in the morning because it set the tone for the rest of my day.
I often sign up for Project Helping events, but then my social anxiety kicks in and I try to talk myself out of going. But then I remind myself how amazing I am going to feel when we are done. Even on my lowest day, I always feel more optimistic and confident after a Project Helping event.
Keeping busy and helping others, whether its volunteering or just helping a friend, has been an important strategy in dealing with the depression/anxiety in my life. Mental illness is in my family, my Mom had manic depression -- so I have learned to deal through taking good care of myself and helping others. This is for my happiness and the happiness of others..... so I could be the best wife, mother, sister, friend and person possible.
My volunteer experience was great. First, it was easy to sign up and once I was there I felt very comfortable to jump right in and help out. I met some really great people and left the experience feeing very gratified.
What a wonderful way to spend my Saturday morning. I met wonderful people and feel great! The impact a few hours of my time will have on those in need was clearly measured and explained by the Project Helping team. I can't wait for the next event!
I was just recovering from a family trauma for 1.5 years, but I felt very down sometime. I decided to engage myself in some volunteer activity. Volunteering gave me good feeling, sense of purpose, rid away from bad thoughts, and also a hope. Now I spend almost every weekend on volunteering one or the other places. My volunteering journey started with Project Helping and I am very grateful for them.
It feels so good to be able to help others in my free time. It gives me awareness about my life and helps my mental health. I plan on continuing it on a monthly basis.
I had an amazing experience at urban peak. Everyone I worked with was so friendly and upbeat. Knowing that I helped feeding the homeless was so rewarding, there's not another feeling like it.
I did not stumble across Project Helping on accident; in fact, I knew exactly the kind of organization it could be, and is, at the onset of the idea, having known Justin Kruger for a very long time. I, myself, struggle with depression and anxiety, and when the opportunity arose to join this great cause as a board member, and also be a part of its volunteer network, I jumped, without doubt or fear. The mission of creating joy through purpose feels genuine, and even in my short time with the organization, I simply feel better. The abyss of depression is lonely, and often spiraling, yet with each event is a potential opportunity to smile, to laugh, to have a sense of camaraderie with others that would otherwise not exist for me. Even as it seems so effortless for others likely not struggling with depression and anxiety. With Project Helping, I finally belong somewhere.
Volunteering with Project Helping was so rewarding and such a wonderful experience! After my time volunteering with Project Helping I had this new sense of appreciation and gratitude. Volunteering your time gives you new perspective and helps you to see life through a new set of lenses. There really is no greater gift to give to someone than your time and is the gift that keeps on giving. It was definitely a priceless and special experience. I look forward to volunteering more through Project Helping and continuing to help others and continuing on my pathway of personal healing and growth.
I love being involved with Project Helping. Volunteering and giving back to my community taps into a well of joy within me that I did not know existed. I am so thankful to the project for bringing me out of my darkness and into a group of amazing people. It feels amazing to give back to those in need, and I am lucky to reap the added benefit of how it makes me feel in return.
We volunteered for a breakfast service for homeless teens at Urban Peak. The people we met thru Project Helping were awesome and inspiring. Thank you to the team for allowing us to be a part of something really helpful and rewarding. I will look forward to the next.
Volunteering with Project Helping was an experience that has truly changed my life. Being someone who usually sends donations I never got to truly appreciate the feeling that volunteering your time and efforts for other people can give you. Depression being something that runs in my family it has been a great experience to be able to spend time with others that share the same struggles, and that depression really isn't an uphill battle that you have to face alone.
This is an awesome non profit organization ran by wonderful people! Depression is something that is a real problem that few people want to discuss. This organization provides an environment where people can get together to help the community as well as each other.