Much is said about the value of volunteers - but not enough, never enough.
Volunteers selflessly share their time, talents, and treasure. A few are highly visible and well-known. Most are not. The vast majority work behind the scenes, quietly, invisibly. In truth, the 24.9% of Americans who volunteer regularly are "hidden heroes." Thanks to them, great things happen, lives change, and the world is made better.
But did you know the value of volunteering extends beyond those who are helped, to those who help? It's true! Google 'benefits of volunteering' and your first hit will include: C
nteracts the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. Increases happiness, builds skills, and creates a sense of purpose. What a great bonus!
Perhaps that's why April is Stress Awareness Month and includes National Volunteer Appreciation Week. So as I offer a huge and heartfelt thanks to Bounce volunteers, I hope you feel it, too. I hope your work as a "hidden hero" has you feeling inspired, joyful, and far less stressed! You deserve it!