Why Volunteering Is Good For Your Mental Wellbeing
During these challenging times, everyone needs to take care of their mental wellbeing just as much as they look after their physical health.
There are many ways to perform self-care; from cleaning your home through to something as simple as taking a long bath.
One approach that many people overlook is volunteering. At Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, we rely on volunteers, and we understand how much they can benefit the community as well as themselves.
If you want to find out more about how volunteering can make you feel better and benefit your fellow citizens at the same time, then read on, and we’ll explain.
You Meet New People
One of the best things about being a volunteer is that you get to meet lots of new people with exciting stories to tell, and you’ve got the chance to make new friends.
We are always busy, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time to get to know each other and have fun! Most of our volunteers go on to develop close relationships with everyone that they met during their time helping us, and return again and again to help out their new friends.
Meeting new people and socializing is essential for your mental wellbeing. With so many clubs and facilities still closed because of the virus, volunteering could be the ideal way to make yourself feel better and meet new people.
Volunteering Is An Easy Way To Learn New Skills
Learning new skills is a fun way to cheer yourself up and make yourself feel useful, but online courses are boring and can make you feel isolated.
Instead, consider volunteering with an organization like ours. When you help us build new homes, you’ll learn a lot of new skills from an experienced home builder.
You’ll work with them to learn new skills, and if you continue to help us, then eventually you’ll be able to share your knowledge with new recruits.
Even if you choose to volunteer in our ReStore, you’ll still learn new skills, like how to price items for sale, use a till, and many more.
Keeping Busy Takes Your Mind Off Your Worries
When you’re worried about the state of the world, it can be easy to forget everything else and dwell on the problems that you can’t fix.
Everyone knows that one of the best ways to take your mind off your worries is to focus on something else and keep yourself busy.
Our charity always has tasks for our volunteers to complete, so when you support us, not only will you help the community, but also keep yourself occupied.
Helping Out Doesn’t Always Mean Hard Work
You might think that volunteering means a lot of long hours doing thankless jobs, but that’s far from the truth. When you volunteer with us, you’ll have the opportunity to do all of the above and much more!
If you don’t want to get your hand’s dirty building houses, and selling items in our ReStore isn’t for you, then consider attending or helping out at one of our events.
As America slowly reopens and many states lift the Shelter In Place orders, charities like ours need to resume their fundraising activities to ensure that they have the revenue they need to continue supporting the community at a time when it needs help the most.
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity hosts many events throughout the year to raise money and bring members of the Summerville community together in support of a great cause.
When you attend a fundraising event for us, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people in a social setting, and have some fun while also supporting us and helping us to continue building home for disadvantaged citizens throughout the local area.
Supporting The Community Makes A Huge Difference
With so many individuals struggling to make ends meet right now, the Summerville community needs your help now more than ever before.
When you volunteer with charities like ours, you’ll make a huge difference, and you’ll be able to see the impact that your support has on members of your community.
Giving this support and helping out not only helps the community, but it also shows you that you’re able to make a difference.
If you’re feeling helpless and stressed thanks to the current political and social situation, then volunteering with us could be the perfect way to improve your mental wellbeing.
If you’d like to start supporting a local charity, then make Dorchester Habitat for Humanity your first choice! You can contact us to find out more about the volunteer positions we have available and how you can use your spare time to make the Summerville, SC community a better place for everyone.