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Stiemke: Studies suggest volunteering is healthy for you

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

What if I told you volunteering could make you healthier? Would you arrange time in your life to help a neighbor, school or nonprofit organization?

According to research conducted by United Healthcare Group and VolunteerMatch, 84 percent of volunteers surveyed said volunteering improves physical health.

Ninety-five percent said volunteering improves emotional health. Another study, released by the Corporation for National and Community, said there is a significant connection between volunteering and good health.

Here are a few ways to help you work toward a healthier lifestyle:

• Senior Services Associates is looking for help moving a senior from Woodstock to Crystal Lake. He will be moving on the last week in April. He needs friendly volunteers to assist him.

• Joe’s Wish NFP is looking for several volunteers who have a passion for supporting veterans. They are planning an event in August but need your help now getting it going.

• The Salvation Golden Diners have many seniors at home in need of meals. They are looking for volunteers who can deliver nutritious meals.

Information about these needs and other volunteer needs can be found at www.volunteermchenrycounty.org.

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April 21 is the McHenry County Human Race. It is turning into quite the party. More than 50 charities are looking for you to walk or run on their behalf. Each race participant designates which charity will receive the proceeds of their race registration fee. For information, visit www.mchumanrace.org.

April 27 – Calling all board members. Chuck Loring will be back to help board members better understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will want to bring your entire board and leadership staff to this event. Loring will address board recruitment, structure, operations and culture.

He will help board members understand how they can become involved in effective fundraising.

Last year, this training had a waiting list, so reserve a spot soon at www.volunteermchenrycounty.org (click on training).

Not-For-Profit Resources Inc. provides volunteer information and referrals, professional development opportunities and organizes the McHenry County Human Race. For information, call 815-344-4483.

• Rebecca Stiemke is the director of United Way McHenry County Volunteer Center. She can be reached at 815-344-4483 or rstiemke@volunteermchenrycounty.org.

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