There are many reasons people volunteer.
- Volunteering keeps people active, busy and engaged
- Allows for learning new skills that may be attractive to employers
- Opens up a world of new friendships with like-minded individuals
- Offers people the ability to publicly support something in which they believe
- Gives an opportunity to take on a new challenge
- Not to mention the intangibles like pride, personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment
And now research shows that volunteers really are getting more out of their volunteer experiences than anyone ever thought possible! Volunteers are reported to have lower mortality rates than those who do not volunteer. They also report greater functional ability and overall life-satisfaction with lower rates of depression. And for older Americans (55+), the more volunteering they do, the more likely they are to receive these positive health benefits. (Cooperation of National and Community Service, The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research)
If you have essential tremor, are passionate about helping others and yourself, consider becoming a volunteer Support Group Leader in your community. Review our Support Group Leader Position Description and Training Guide, to see if volunteering with the IETF is right for you. If after reading these documents you think that volunteering with the IETF would fit well into your lifestyle, all you have to do is complete an online application.
Start volunteering. It’s both good, and good for you!