Volunteers Make a Difference

Never has the phrase “it takes a village” been truer than when referring to an all-volunteer organization—and that means us, the HCA.

Volunteers are generous, passionate, and committed to the cause they serve.
Volunteers are hardworking, selfless, and usually underappreciated.
Volunteers in the scheme of things are few and far between.
Volunteers are vital to the successful running of the HCA.

When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study reported in Social Science and Medicine.

What we know is that there are benefits to volunteering; a sense of pride in a job well done, a belief that one person can make a difference, a feeling of well-being that comes from giving to others, and a sense of camaraderie and team resulting from working together for a common goal. What we know is that volunteers do not as a matter of course volunteer, they need to be asked, even prodded—consider this—it will be a volunteer asking for your support.

When it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements. Volunteering is a way to engage in your interests and passions. Volunteer work can be a relaxing, and energizing escape from your day-to-day commitments. Volunteering offers an opportunity to exercise muscles like creativity and leadership that can carry over into your personal and professional life.

Learn about the many HCA committees, there are many, and see what skills and interests might appeal to you. Volunteer or add your talents to your membership profile for others to reach out to you.

Choose to be happy, choose to volunteer!