At Reeves-Reed Arboretum, volunteers are essential to our mission and they are one of the greatest strengths of our organization. Volunteers provide necessary support in the gardens and make special events and festivals possible. Our diverse volunteer pool includes students, retirees, avid gardeners, schools, teachers, nature lovers, and corporate groups. Some volunteer for a few hours, and some volunteer on a regular basis.
Volunteering can bring a wide range of benefits, both for the person who volunteers and the community they serve. Before you say “No” to the next volunteer request you receive, here are some benefits to volunteering:
- Personal growth and development: Volunteering can help individuals develop new skills, gain experience, and improve their self-confidence and self-esteem. It can also provide new opportunities for personal growth and self-reflection.
- Improved mental and physical health: Research shows that volunteering can lead to improved mental and physical health, including reduced stress, increased happiness and well-being, and even lower rates of depression and anxiety.
- Increased social connections: Volunteering can help individuals build new social connections and strengthen existing ones. This can lead to a greater sense of belonging and a stronger support network.
- Positive impact on the community: Volunteering can make a significant positive impact on the community, whether by helping to address a specific need, contributing to a larger cause, or simply improving the quality of life for those around you.
- Professional benefits: Volunteering can also provide professional benefits, such as gaining experience in a particular field, building a network of contacts, and developing new skills that can be valuable in the workplace.
- A sense of purpose and fulfillment: Volunteering can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, as individuals are able to use their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others.
So try to make a little extra time in your week to volunteer. You’ll be happy you did!