The Importance of Volunteering

The Importance of Volunteering

Apr 23, 2024


Importance of Volunteering

Across the country, National Volunteer Week is celebrated April 21-27 of 2024! This week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteers in our community and beyond. National Volunteer Week takes place every April during Global Volunteer Month. In 2023, FamilyMeans was fortunate to have 111 volunteers who performed over 8,000 hours of service through different initiatives including administrative tasks, event assistance, respite, and youth program support.

According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that volunteering offers significant health benefits, especially for older adults, including:

  • Improves physical and mental health.
  • Provides a sense of purpose and teaches valuable skills.
  • Nurture new and existing relationships.

FamilyMeans offers volunteer service options in both virtual and in-person formats, long or short-term commitments, and can be done solo, with a friend/family member, or in a group. We have opportunities for those who like interacting with school-age youth or teens, providing companionship to elders (Respite), planning social events, and assisting with day-to-day business operations (reception desk, clerical work, etc).

FamilyMeans is always looking to add more volunteers to our team. Interested in volunteering with FamilyMeans? Click HERE to be taken to our volunteering webpage with more information and application or call 651-489-4840.

“Volunteering is the most wonderful experience I have ever had. Being with the volunteers and our friends is like a family to me. We have fun, we laugh, sing, and play games. It’s something we can all look forward to every Friday”.

                                                                        Nancy, FamilyMeans Volunteer

“I like to volunteer because it’s a way of giving back all the blessings I have received, and I get much in return. Plus it keeps me busy and out of trouble”.

                                                                        Larry, FamilyMeans Volunteer

“It helps me to keep active and feel that I am doing something to benefit others. Best day of my week!”

                                                                        FamilyMeans Respite Volunteer