April is Volunteerism Month!

April is National Volunteer Week, and we’d love to have you celebrate with us. Come join us in our community to volunteer with residents, or get involved in a local project with family and friends. You’ll be doing your part to help others–and yourself! Volunteering is great for your mental and physical health and can even help you make new friends. It’s a win-win for everyone.

According to a study by the nonprofit coalition Independent Sector, almost 44 percent of people age 55 and over volunteer at least once a year. Does this number include you?

If you don’t already volunteer, now is the perfect time to get involved. April is a time for National Volunteerism. The celebration was established in 1974 by a presidential proclamation that has been renewed every year since then. Organizations across the country host special events to highlight the value of their volunteers.

Volunteering can be fun, engaging and personally rewarding. Scientific studies have shown that individuals who volunteer enjoy emotional and physical benefits including lower blood pressure, increased self-worth and even a longer life. It’s a great way to make friends, thrive and stay active while putting your knowledge and life skills to good use.

Take advantage and to seek out opportunities to contribute. What worthy causes would you like to help? Are you interested in art, the environment or politics? Would you enjoy working with kids or shelter animals? Pick your passion!

Ask a friend to join you and make it twice as fun. Or start a new family tradition by inviting your children and grandchildren to volunteer with you. Volunteering helps people thrive at any age.

Still not sure how to help? Join us for one of our community-wide service projects or fundraisers, such as our projects for Watermark Kids. Come thrive with us in a club or class meeting by presenting a musical program, bringing in a therapy pet or sharing a hobby.

Make 2019 your year to become an active volunteer and make it a lifelong habit. Select a cause that’s close to your heart, ask what you can do and jump in with both feet. Call us to see how you can get involved!

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