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What are the mental health benefits of volunteering?

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What is volunteering and why is it important?

Volunteering is when one freely gives time with no expectation of any compensation.
Driven by empathy, humans put themselves in the shoes of others facing hardships and often want to help. Volunteering helps you feel like you're part of something greater than yourself. Volunteering helps you contribute positively to the world while giving you a new perspective

Mental health benefits of volunteering

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Giving makes you feel good

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Helping others boosts your happiness

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Reduces loneliness and stress

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Builds friendships, social interaction, engagement

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Reduces depression

Physical health benefits of volunteering

Based on a study, volunteering adults over the age of 50 were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteering participants. Volunteering helps keep your brain and body active.

Ways to volunteer

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Deliver food for NGOs

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Tutoring students

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Befriending at a senior centre/ community

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Perform to raise money for charity

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Help clean up public spaces

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Work on behalf of human rights organisations

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Host a block party

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Fundraiser for a local charity

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Volunteer at an animal rescue centre

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Teaching marginalised communities a skill that you have

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Offering food to low-income families

Digital ways to find volunteer opportunities

1.

volunteer.gov.sg

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youthcorps.gov.sg

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