It was Aristotle who once said, “The essence of life is to serve others and do good.” A recent study by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) found that “one out of four Americans volunteer and two out of three Americans help their neighbor.”
CNCS knows an awful lot about volunteering — they’re an independent agency of the U.S. government, engaging more than 5 million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and the Volunteer Generation Fund.
Of course, you don’t have to look much further than Summit Pointe for a fine example of neighbor helping neighbor. Residents have banded together to make plastic bag bedding for the homeless in an effort to give back to the community.
There’s so much more you can do that can make a world of good — like donating your old clothes, donating old eyeglasses to an organization that redistributes them to people in need, donating non-perishable food to a food bank, and donating blankets or socks to a homeless shelter.
Volunteering helps others, makes you feel good, and it gives you a sense of purpose. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new challenges, not to mention meet new people, both young and old. Volunteering is also good for your health. It combats depression and anxiety, and instills self-confidence, too. CNCS found that “consistent volunteering can improve the health and well-being of people age 55.”
Consider joining the community at Summit Pointe and you’ll find it easy to get involved and help our community.