It can be easy to feel discouraged when you read articles describing the horrific impact of family violence, drug abuse, and sexual assault in your local community. As disheartening as these events might be, however, you can make a difference when you volunteer at OneEighty.
Whether you work with housing and supportive services or victim advocacy, even seemingly minor efforts can make a huge difference in the lives of the people you serve. You might not even interact directly with those who are served by OneEighty, but everything you do as a volunteer helps the organization run more effectively and better help those seeking recovery.
Volunteering doesn’t only help others in need—it can have several benefits for you, too. Volunteering has been found to fight depression and stress by keeping individuals mentally stimulated and increasing one’s sense of happiness and self-worth. When you volunteer, you can connect with others and form meaningful relationships, set a good example for family members, and even help you stay physically fit.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time, every little bit helps. By volunteering, you can make a real difference—in the lives of those you serve and in your own life.