Recent research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network details the varied benefits of volunteering. The truth is, volunteering benefits the economy as much as it does the individuals who give and receive.
The survey—Volunteers and the Economic Downturn—revealed that 80 percent of responding organizations experienced some level of fiscal stress between September 2008 and March 2009. Nearly 40 percent of those organizations said the stress was severe or very severe. Three in five senior volunteers in the Home Instead Senior Care network survey say they are volunteering more now because the need is greater as result of the poor economy.
“If anything, the recession has pointed to the increased need for volunteer support,” said Dr. Erwin Tan, director of Senior Corps whose organization is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“The biggest motivation for volunteering, particularly for seniors, is to make a difference. And it’s easier to make a difference when seniors know so many are in need, including their own neighbors. Research tells us that, even in good times, people of modest financial means often give more than people with greater wealth. This is especially true when they are already committed to a cause.”
Help us honour a senior in your life through the Salute to Senior Service program at SalutetoSeniorService.com. In the meantime, your loved ones might benefit from the assistance of a Home Instead CAREGiver to keep up with the activities they love. To learn more, contact Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga. Join us March 30th from 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Mississauga Senior Center located at 1389 Cawthra Road, Mississauga, ON to celebrate a senior hero in our community. Click here is read details of the event.
If you have questions about the Salute to Senior Services event in Mississauga or would like help maintaining your volunteer efforts – please contact us at 905-276-2273.
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