The Benefits of Volunteering

Today is International Volunteers Day, a day to share our appreciation for volunteers without whom we could not provide programs and services to support thousands of elder homeless men. To everyone who volunteers at Haven Toronto, including elder homeless clients of ours, THANK YOU.

Sure, we benefit when you volunteer but you benefit too. Wait, what?! That's right, volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety.

The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person.

Volunteering also combats depression. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against depression.

Volunteering makes you happy. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.