A 2007 federal study revealed a number of previously unknown benefits of volunteering. People who volunteer live longer than those who don't; they also have lower rates of depression and anxiety.
A state's volunteer rate is directly related to the overall physical health of the state's population. Approximately 21 percent of Florida's residents volunteer their time to an organization. This is lower than the national average of 26 percent.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help others in need. An organization known as HandsOn Jacksonville helps connect those interested in volunteering with organizations in need of help. Right now, there are nearly 200 opportunities available on the HandsOn website. Projects include those working with disadvantaged children, the homeless, disabled, elderly, poor, and even animals.
Get involved in your community -- even if you can't give much. As little as a few hours a month can make a difference in someone's life.
Visit the HandsOn Jacksonville website and create an account to find opportunities to help out.
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