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The Benefits of Volunteering

IMG_3765Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations, contributing time, expertise and passion for a cause. Organizations, from national charities to local fundraising events need volunteers to achieve success. The impact from these volunteers often is immeasurable. However, volunteering also offers many benefits for the volunteer.

Benefits of volunteering

The first benefit of volunteering is the difference a volunteer can make in just one person’s life. Parents who volunteer generally have children who become volunteers as adults, helping to establish the next generation of compassionate, proactive volunteers. Volunteering also offers many benefits for long-time professionals as well as new additions to the workforce. These benefits include:

• Learning/developing new skills • Leadership experience • Developing new friendships plus networking contacts • Résumé enhancement • Opportunity to share skills/talents with others • Contributing positively to your community

Volunteering provides mental and emotional benefits

Research has determined a strong relationship between volunteering and health. Volunteering offers several important mental and emotional benefits such as improving self-confidence and self-esteem, fulfilling the need to feel valued, and keeping the mind engaged in problem-solving activities. Volunteers often feel an overall mood improvement after reaching out and sharing their time to help others — the simple act of giving without expecting anything in return can be a powerful mood enhancer.

In the 2013 Health and Volunteering Study published by UnitedHealth Group, “94% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months say that volunteering improves their mood.”

Physical benefits of volunteering

An improved mental and emotional state can benefit physical health. Happier people tend to stress less and enjoy more feelings of contentment. Lowered stress levels are better for blood pressure and overall heart health.

A 2013 study from Carnegie Mellon University, published in Psychology and Aging stated, “Adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. High blood pressure is an important indicator of health because it contributes to heart disease, stroke, and premature death.” In general, volunteers also tend to exercise more and maintain a healthy diet both of which contribute to healthier blood pressure levels.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development published “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research.” This research revealed that volunteers who share 100 or more hours of their time each year, are “the most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes.”

Senior volunteers may enjoy the most health benefits from their volunteering activities, helping them to stay active, maintain independence, and enjoy a variety of social interactions.

Businesses benefit from employee volunteers

Employees who volunteer provide specific benefits to their employers. Employees who volunteer regularly are happier, less stressed, and tend to suffer less illness. These employees are better able to focus on important tasks at work, helping productivity and overall workplace mood. In addition, healthier employees lead to lower health care costs.

Volunteers who work with The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative (WBHI) gain leadership skills, improved public-speaking,  team-building skills and overall improved confidence – all while helping to fight breast cancer and heart disease, one woman at a time. So the question is: What are you waiting for? Sign-up to volunteer for WBHI’s Fall Door-to-Door Outreach today!

Introducing the B4Pink Pendant

One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Even more disturbing, approximately 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year alone. The mission of the Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative (WBHI) is to reduce the incidence of undetected, untreated breast cancer among the some of the most vulnerable in our community: uninsured, at-risk women. That’s what the B4Pink movement is all about. We want to reach these women, get them screened and ultimately detect breast cancer when it is most treatable and beatable. We want to help them before they “turn pink.” To support our goal of knocking on 10,000 doors in 2011 to educate women and ensure that all women benefit from the early detection of breast cancer, regardless of their ability to pay, we need your help. We need your support. Please help us today by donating $25 to fight breast cancer one household at a time. Your generous donation goes directly to helping uninsured at-risk women receive mammograms and educational materials about the importance of breast health and early detection right in their own neighborhood. Introductory Offer – For a limited time with your minimum $25 donation (plus shipping & handling,) we would like to give you a B4Pink pendant to wear to show your support for early detection. This beautiful pendant has been designed to remind women about the importance of early detection. We hope you’ll wear the pendant proudly. Thank you for your continued support. Your generosity could save a life. To donate and receive your pendant, please click the banner to the left!

WBHI Founder Andrea Ivory honored at 2011 American Red Cross Spectrum Awards for Women

Phillis Oeters presenting the Baptist Health of South Florida Healthcare Award to Andrea Ivory

The American Red Cross recently honored 11 outstanding women with prestigious Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards during a luncheon on February 3 at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. Our Founder Andrea Ivory was one of the women honored. Andrea was presented the Baptist Health of South Florida Healthcare Award. “Spectrum” refers to the impact these women have on a broad scope of community life and also reflects the spectrum of cultures represented in our community. The honorees serve as exceptional examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross. Ileana Bravo served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the awards, which were chaired by Phillis Oeters. Swanee DiMare was the honorary chairman. Ms. Bravo also narrated a video tribute to each of the Spectrum honorees which was produced by Josie Goytisolo with the help of Multivision Video and Film. The 2011 Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Award for Women honorees included Tracy Mourning, Yolanda Berkowitz, Alex Villoch, Debra Scholl, Rochelle Baer, Mayda Cisneros, Andrea Ivory, Kimberly Wilson, Bella Goldstein, Mona Adams and Cristina Hernandez. View additional event photos on the Red Cross event page.

American Red Cross Spectrum Awards for Women honorees and sponsors

What is B4Pink?

Pink Ribbon

The Once Simple Pink Ribbon

A few years ago, just as we were getting started knocking on doors to promote early detection and awareness that prevention saves lives, women were sporting little pink ribbons. This pink ribbon, which first started appearing around 1992, was both a show of solidarity in the fight against breast cancer, and sometimes a reminder of a loved one who lost their fight against this powerful disease. Like the yellow ribbon to support our troops, and the red ribbon to support AIDS research and prevention, the pink ribbon was a way for those who’d been touched by cancer to stand together. And then, pink exploded. This October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everyone and everything, from airplanes to NFL teams, was covered in a sea of pink. In spite of this successful marketing campaign, the fact remains that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Worldwide, that’s 1.5 million women. What’s worse, 40,000 women will die of breast cancer next year. The Pink Movement has raised an extraordinary amount of money for cancer research, but dollars also need to be raised to educate women on the importance of early detection. The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative‘s mission is two-fold: education and early detection. That’s why we started the B4Pink campaign. Cancer isn’t pretty, and no color in the world will comfort a woman who is struggling against the beast that is cancer. When we knock on 10,000 doors in 2011, it’s not to hand out a pink trinket; it’s to educate women and make them aware that their financial status should not affect their ability to be screened for cancer. We want to reach these women and detect the pink beast in the earliest stage possible. We want to help them before they “turn pink.” You can help us by donating $5 to our cause. That money goes directly to helping an uninsured woman receive a mammogram and educational materials about the importance of breast cancer prevention and early detection. Wear whatever color makes you happy, and if you’d like to help us continue this life-saving work, click here to donate. Every dollar raised goes towards saving lives.