Volunteering has been proven to have numerous health benefits. Research shows that volunteering has many mental and physical health benefits. Volunteering helps improve your mood, makes you feel healthier, increases your sense of purpose and reduces your stress levels. Volunteering can also give us a deep sense of happiness, both immediately and long term.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
About a quarter of people who volunteer say that volunteering has helped them manage a chronic illness such as depression.
- 76% of people who volunteer say that volunteering has made them feel healthier.
- 94% of people who volunteer say that volunteering improves their mood.
- 96% of people say that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose.
- 95% of people who volunteer say they are helping to make their community a better place.
OUR FOUNDER'S STORY
For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with my mental wellness. There was a point in my life where I thought I had tried every option, none of which worked – which was very frustrating, to say the least. By chance, I was given the opportunity to volunteer with a group in Denver, CO. I agreed, reluctantly, to participate. Little did I know, that volunteer project would change my life. That day, while serving others, I found something in me that I had forgotten existed. I found joy. There is a joy that comes from serving others that cannot be replicated through any activity other than volunteering.
As I continued to volunteer, my mental health continued to improve and my depression symptoms grew more and more manageable. Volunteering gave me a sense of purpose that was created by being part of something bigger than myself. The more volunteering helped me, the more inspired I became to share it with others. This is where the impetus for Project Helping was born. My mission is to share my experience to help others.
- 80% of people who volunteer say they feel they have control over their mental health and depression.
- 78% of people who volunteer say that volunteering lowers their stress levels.
- 49% of people who volunteer say that volunteering has helped with their career in the paid job market.
- 56% of new volunteers felt that volunteering would help their career.
Project Helping offers a unique solution for those looking to improve their mental health or combat the symptoms of their depression. Through organizing and executing group volunteer events, we put people in a position to serve others while being part of an amazing social setting which creates a sense of community. By focusing on the volunteer, we leverage the amazing health benefits of volunteering to improve mental wellness. The feeling of purpose derived from serving others helps people improve mental wellness cope with the symptoms of depression, while the feeling of belonging from volunteering in a peer group empowers people to speak up and seek help in putting and end to the stigma of depression and mental health.