WebStamp April 04, 2018

Volunteering Can Make A Difference

There are many ways one can Join the M.A.D. Movement and make a difference, not only for others, but even themselves, and volunteering is one of the most beneficial and rewarding M.A.D. Move almost anyone can do. A study in Social Science and Medicine examining the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness at the London School of Economics discovered that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Volunteering not only is good for your mind and body bringing fulfillment and fun to your life but also allows one to connect with others and can help career advancement and networking.

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Volunteering helps build communities. Not only are you cultivating friendships with fellow volunteers but you are also connecting with those you are helping and improving the quality of the neighbourhood.  According to Psychology Today the benefits of consistent socializing include better brain function and lower risk for depression and anxiety and also may improve your immune system.

When people work together for a good cause to make a difference in the world they live in enhanced associations form bringing everyone in the community closer.

To enjoy volunteering, one must be passionate about and enjoy the activities associated with your interests. If you enjoy physical labour and are looking to get into shape look for a volunteer opportunity where that is needed, such as at the Food Bank or a fund-raising marathon. If you enjoy taking care of people help out at a senior home or extended care facility. You could always help out with your local community association with sporting events, bingos, and fundraisers. To reap the full benefits of volunteering you need to enjoy the activities you have chosen to make a difference.

There are many organizations looking for volunteers in Calgary, many of which can be found at calgaryarea.com, where you can connect with many that are helping others in need or improving our way of life. The point is to find something that you enjoy, or maybe are interested in learning, and Make A Difference not only for others but yourself and the community you live in.

Volunteering is a great platform for personal and professional development. Besides improving the community and your health and wellbeing, volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and improve your existing ones, gain valuable experience, and give you a sense of purpose. Join the M.A.D. Movement and Make A Difference, not only in someone’s life but also your community and your lifestyle.

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Marinus (René) Verschuren
Marinus (René) Verschuren
Founder of WebStamp
René has been involved in the publishing and printing industry since the 1970s. He has published and distributed a successful 24-page weekly news advertiser with a circulation of 4400 copies. Also for the last 20 years, he has been a printer, plotter, scanner and 3D printer technician and installer. Since High School, he also has worked as a janitor, cabinet maker, building construction, landscaper/designer, computer operator producing microfiche, graphic artist, and webmaster, among many other professions, qualifying him as a Jack-of-All-Trades.

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