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Volunteering is Good for Your Health

Today's blog is reposted from United Church Homes on Nov. 30, 2012.

Residents of Cherry Arbor affordable housing community in North Lewisburg, Ohio, are always looking for ways to serve others.

On Election Day they made chili and cornbread available to anyone who needed to come in, sit and get a bite to eat. Once a week they host a free exercise class that’s open to the North Lewisburg community. And every month they host a mobile food pantry that provides basics to about 60 local families.

How to Engage Youth in Service During the Holidays

Today's post is written by Becca Webster, program associate for content design at generationOn.

It’s a busy time of year—at home, in schools and in organizations across the country. Thankfully, it only takes a moment to engage youth in service and a moment more to double their impact.

For every young person caring, sharing and giving back to their community this holiday season, Hasbro will donate a toy to Toys for Tots—up to 100,000 toys. To be a Joy Maker, all you have to do is share how many young people are serving, what they’re doing and in what state. It’s that easy.

Three Central Benefits of Volunteering as a College Student

Nadia Jones is an education writer who teaches students how to find affordable online colleges, as well as how to make the most out their experience in school. She welcomes your feedback.

Volunteering simply out of the goodness of your heart should always be your first motive when deciding to feed the hungry, help the homeless or assist a family in need. Yes, you may need to fulfill a certain amount of community service hours each semester in order to qualify for membership in a particular organization on campus, like a fraternity or sorority, but you should really volunteer because you want to improve the quality of humanity and the environment. Those who actually enjoy helping others are the ones who will reap the most benefits from volunteering

A 2nd Grade Service-Learning Project Was My Turning Point

Laura Saldivar

Laura Saldivar pictured on the right at the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service