Volunteers help themselves to better health while helping others.

Perhaps the primary benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction in making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone: such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment  are worthwhile reasons to serve. But in addition, a growing body of research indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social benefits. This research, titled "The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research" has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates/greater longevity, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease than those who do not volunteer. Not only that, older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits from volunteering. Some of these findings also indicate that volunteers who devote a "considerable" amount of time to volunteer activities (about 100 hours per year) are most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes.

Volunteers are the life-blood of Fortuna Senior Center. Your time, your talent, your interests, can make a difference. What kind of volunteering activities would be fun and fulfilling to you? Whether you have a few hours each week or each month to contribute, FSC wants to match your skills, your interests and abilities with volunteer opportunities.

If you want more information about volunteering with FSC, give us a call at (707)726-9203 or email at admin@fortunasenior.org.