It can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering not only offers vital help to residents in need, worthwhile causes, and the Wesbury community, but also benefits you, the volunteer. The right match can help you find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.
Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving even in simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.
Benefits of Volunteering:
- Volunteering connects you to others.
- Volunteering is good for your mind and body.
- Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
“Volunteers add so much to the lives of our residents. They have the opportunity to connect and build relationships that regular staff cannot. It enriches the lives of both our resident and the volunteer. They come in looking to bless and leave blessed themselves.” Says Jamie Draa, Director of Life Enrichment and Memory Support Services.
Stacey Hoey was recently named Wesbury’s Volunteer Services Coordinator. Stacey has been part of the Wesbury team for 11 years working in the Cribbs Life Enrichment Department. She will continue to be director of Cribbs Life Enrichment but have a strong focus on the Volunteer Program to assist with Cribbs Life Enrichment activities.
Stacey is from Cochranton where she lives with her husband Cliff whom she met while they both served in the Air Force. They have two grown sons and three grandchildren. According to Stacey, “At the end of our lives, we rarely say, ‘I wish I wouldn’t have done that.’ It is much more common for us to say, ‘I WISH I WOULD HAVE,’ with that being said, I know you will never say, ‘I wish I wouldn’t have helped someone.’ After you volunteer and help the residents, I guarantee you will leave feeling quite fulfilled.”