If you’re one of the 13.3 million Canadians who volunteer you may already know that volunteering is as beneficial to you as it is to the causes you care the most about. If not, here are five reasons to volunteer:
1. Volunteering is good for your mental health. According to Doing Good is Good for You, 2013 Health and Volunteering Study, volunteering helps people manage and lower their stress levels. 94 percent of those surveyed reported that volunteering also improves their mood. Volunteers also scored higher than non-volunteers on emotional well-being measures including overall satisfaction with life.
2. Volunteering is good for your physical health. This same study showed that 80 percent of volunteers feel that they have greater control over their health. Volunteers tend to be more engaged health care consumers who make better informed decisions about their health. Volunteering also keeps you active and has been shown to reduce chronic pain and heart disease symptoms.
3. Volunteering can fight depression. Social isolation is a risk factor for depression. Volunteering helps you to develop relationships and a support system, both of which can help you overcome obstacles and fight depression.
4. Volunteering expands your social network. Volunteering can help you make new friends and expand your social network. Personal connections, socializing and numerous opportunities to get together to pursue a common goal can also lead to a deeper sense of community.
5. Volunteering can advance your career. 71 percent of the Doing Good is Good for You respondents felt that volunteering provided them with networking opportunities and job-related contacts and 49 percent of new volunteers said that volunteering had helped them in the paid job market.
Volunteering doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time and you can make a difference.
Want to Get Involved with Unison?
There are a lot of ways to support Unison. It can be as simple as helping spread the word – let your friends and colleagues know about Unison: Add a link to the Unison Fund on your website or social network; Include information about the Unison Fund in your newsletter.
Think of Unison as the music community’s benefits package, or your insurance policy – your safety net when hard times hit. We can’t do it alone and we need your help. Many members of our community have used their skills and networks to raise funds.
If you’d like to arrange a fundraiser or donate any portion an event’s revenue to Unison, please contact executive director Sheila Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you give to Unison, you are investing in the strength, resilience, and future of the Canadian music industry. Our commitment to you is to maximize on that investment.
Unison’s Assistance Program exists to help you design health and wellness plans that suit your unique lifestyle and needs. Call today and be directed to the applicable, skilled professional who can help you come up with a plan for smoking cessations, nutrition and meal planning, physical fitness or mental health.