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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!

Join Us for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events Next Week!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’ve got three great events we want to share next week and we are looking forward to a great turnout to support the Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative.

Next Wednesday, October 19th we’ll be at El Vato Tequila and Taco Bar in Mary Brickell Village. Join us at 7:00 p.m. for complimentary margaritas and light bites until 8:00 p.m. El Vato is located at 1010 S. Miami Avenue. This event is sponsored by House of Boho Jewelry and MIA Shoes.

From there, head over to Blue Martini at Mary Brickell Village where beginning at 9:00 p.m., you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail with your donation to WBHI!

On Saturday, October 22, The Shore Club is hosting the Miami Beach Pink Tape Party, sponsored by NUVO and Venge Media. Donate $10 to WBHI and receive a complimentary NUVO cocktail!

Join Us for a Pre-Game Tailgating!

We will be having a B4 PINK tailgate (non alcoholic!) just before the Palm Beach Gardens Community High  School foot ball game between 6 and 6:30pm!!  We will be bringing sodas and water in a cooler, some chips, pizza and chicken wings – and a special cake for the little birthday girl, Miss Danae to enjoy before the game!

We will be giving the B4 Pink T Shirt out at the event. At the event, there will be T-Shirts for a donation of $10 as well as the headbands and wristbands for a donation and canisters with our logo for donations – the students at the high school will be running this project.

The Palm Beach PINK patrol car

We are also happy to share that the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office’s Pink Patrol SUV will be out from 7pm to 9pm in support of our event and Breast Cancer awareness and prevention!!

See the links for more  

info:http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/the-sheriff’s-office-has-a-pink-car-to-raise-awareness-of-cancerhttp://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/palm-beach-county-sheriff’s-office-goes-pink-

The game is located at:

Homecoming Game: Friday, September 30th , game starts at 7pm Palm Beach Gardens Community High School 4245 Holly DrivePalm Beach Gardens, FL 33140 http://www.palmbeachgardenshs.org/

We will also have flyers for the October 6th fundraising event in Palm Beach Gardens – if you know anyone who is interested in going to that Chili’s from 11am to 11pm, 10% of all sales will be donated to our mission!  But all attendees must have the flyer with them when they purchase their food.

 The Palm Beach Sheriff Office pink patrol car will also be out at the Chili’s from 11am to 2pm and WBHI Staff will be joining them with a table and information- attached is the flyer to share!

Please feel free to call Stephanie at 786-277-7305 or Emilia at 786-378-2650, should you get lost  . . .   Looking forward to seeing  you on Friday!!

Palm Beach Gardens High School Going Pink for Homecoming

B4Pink socks! Look for them on the Gators team Friday!

The color of the night will be pink as the Palm Beach Gardens High School kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month with the Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate (WBHI) at the Gators Homecoming football game Friday, September 30. It is a way to enjoy great Gator football, and support the fight against breast cancer.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for the community to raise money to support WBHI’s door-to-door outreach in the area. The football team will be wearing pink socks, and the students will don B4PINK t-shirts, headbands, and wristbands to raise awareness about the B4Pink movement and the WBHI. The B4Pink movement was created by WBHI to extend the awareness of the importance of early detection and healthy living as a way to prevent and beat cancer. 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. With so many women at risk, it is crucial to promote early detection any way possible. The B4PINK movement targets women before they are diagnosed with breast cancer Palm Beach Gardens High School chose WBHI as a partner because of their active commitment to women in South Florida communities. The school is promoting the partnership and funds raised go toward the planned 2012 door-to-door outreach campaign in West Palm Beach neighborhoods. Because there is no cure for breast cancer, WBHI’s mission is to reduce the incidence of undetected, untreated breast cancer among the some of the most vulnerable in communities: uninsured, at-risk women. Teams of volunteers go door to door in targeted neighborhoods providing breast health awareness, education, free mammograms, referrals for low cost screening, and assistance to those participants requiring additional screening and treatment. If you can’t make Friday’s game, you can still help the school support the Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative’s door to door outreach campaigns. To donate to WBHI and help expand outreach in Palm Beach Gardens, visit http://www.flbreasthealth.com or call 866.315.7711. For more information on the B4Pink Movement supporting the Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative, visit www.b4pink.com.

For Immediate Release: April Door to Door Outreach Offers Free Mammograms to Uninsured Women

The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative Florida Affiliate (WBHI) will be taking its mission of promoting early detection and awareness to the streets again for the 2011 April Outreach Campaign Saturday mornings on April 9, April 16, and April 23. Mar 30, 2011 – The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative Florida Affiliate (WBHI) will be taking its mission of promoting early detection and awareness to the streets again for the 2011 April Outreach Campaign Saturday mornings on April 9, April 16, and April 23. The goal of WBHI is to reduce the incidence of undetected, untreated breast cancer by providing women in underserved neighborhoods with the appropriate awareness, education and screening. WBHI volunteers will knock on the doors of households within the City of Miramar, delivering important breast health awareness packages, talking to residents, and making free mammogram appointments on the spot for women who qualify. On April 30, a mobile mammography van will visit the neighborhood and perform the screenings that were scheduled during the outreach. The organization plans to knock on a total of 10,000 doors this year. WBHI believes that all women have the right to benefit from the early detection of breast cancer regardless of their ability to pay, and fights breast cancer as a life threatening disease, one household at a time. Since 2006 WBHI has knocked on more than 33,000 doors to save lives in South Florida. Andrea Ivory, internationally recognized 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero, breast cancer survivor, and founder of WBHI knows that early detection saves lives, because it saved hers. She founded WBHI, the premiere source of free door to door breast health awareness, education and screening to the uninsured and underserved in South Florida. “Breast cancer kills our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters, family and friends. ALL women are at risk for breast cancer. Although early detection saves lives, not all women have access and awareness;” states Andrea, “That’s what we’re out there to do.” The Women’s Imaging Center at Memorial Healthcare System supports the efforts of WBHI by collaborating to provide our participants with free screening right in the neighborhood served. Who: The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative Florida Affiliate What: Door to door campaign offering free breast health awareness, education and  mammograms to the uninsured and underserved. Where: City of Miramar, Florida 33025 When: April 9, 16, 23 – Starting – 8:30AM • April 30th –Starting at 9AM Contact: Andrea Ivory, Founder, Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative, FL Affiliate 866–315–7711 # # #

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WBHI Takes to the Streets to Promote Early Cancer Detection, Breast Health Awareness

Breast Cancer Door to Door Outreach Offers Free Mammograms to at-risk women March 2, 2011 (Miami, Florida) – The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative (WBHI) will be taking its mission of promoting early detection and awareness to the streets again for the 2011 March Outreach Campaign Saturday mornings on March 5, March 12, and March 19. The goal of WBHI is to reduce the incidence of undetected, untreated breast cancer by providing women in underserved neighborhoods with the appropriate awareness, education and screening. WBHI volunteers will knock on the doors of more than 1,400 households in the City of Miami Gardens, delivering important breast health awareness packages, talking to residents, and making free mammogram appointments on the spot for women who qualify. On March 26, a mobile mammography van will visit the neighborhood and perform the screenings that were scheduled during the outreach. The organization has already visited over 1,400 homes so far in 2011 and plans to knock on a total of 10,000 doors this year. WBHI believes that all women have the right to benefit from the early detection of breast cancer regardless of their ability to pay, and fights breast cancer as a life threatening disease, one household at a time. Since 2006 WBHI has knocked on more than 32,000 doors to save lives in South Florida. Andrea Ivory, internationally recognized 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero, breast cancer survivor, and founder of WBHI knows that early detection saves lives, because it saved hers. She founded WBHI, the premiere source of free door to door breast health awareness, education and screening to the uninsured and underserved in South Florida. “Breast cancer kills our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters, family and friends. ALL women are at risk for breast cancer. Although early detection saves lives, not all women have access and awareness;” states Andrea, “That’s what we’re out there to do.” The Women’s Imaging Center at Memorial Healthcare System supports the efforts of WBHI by collaborating to provide our participants with free screening right in the neighborhood served.   Who: The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative What: Door to door campaign offering free breast health awareness, education and mammograms to the uninsured and underserved. Where: City of Miami Gardens, Florida 33056 When: March 5, 12, 19 – Starting – 8:30AM · March 26th –Starting at 9AM Contact: Andrea Ivory, Founder, Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative, FL Affiliate 866–315–7711

WBHI to Host 4th Annual Open The Door Reception to Honor Life-Saving Work

The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative (WBHI) is hosting its fourth annual Open the Door reception set for March 18 at Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes, FL from 6 to 9 pm. The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative (WBHI) is hosting its 4th annual Open the Door reception on March 18.  The event will take place at Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes, FL and proceeds will help fund WBHI’s outreach to educate women about the importance of breast health and to provide the means to beat the disease. With a mission to fight the life-threatening disease of breast cancer one household at a time, the annual Open the Door reception provides critical resources to meet these goals. More than 300 community and business leaders, along with donors and supporters, are expected to attend the Open the Door reception. It is an excellent networking opportunity hosted in a sophisticated atmosphere featuring a silent and live auction as well as live entertainment, cocktails and an elegant dinner buffet. Highlights of the live auction for this year include: – The Miami Heat Experience: Honorary Ball Boy with Pre-Game shoot around, including locker room access with the Heat players. This package includes four lower level seats (restrictions apply).� – The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Extravaganza: 3 days/2 Nights at the world renowned Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club with a foursome of golf on an exclusive course designed by World Golf hall of Famer, Ray Floyd. You’ll bid on great one-of-a-kind auction items like these and more while you meet and mingle with the women whose lives have been touched by WBHI, the volunteers who help to educate them and the business leaders who help fund this life-saving work.  All funds raised by the Open the Door event will be used to help WBHI save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more breast health awareness. Despite the impressive breadth and growth of its mission, this community-based organization runs on a bare bones budget. “Once a year we ask the community to support our grassroots organization by participating in our annual Open the Door reception. We’ve seen such great turnout for this event in the past and it grows every year,” said Andrea Ivory, Founder of WBHI and 2009 Top 10 CNN Hero.  “However, it takes the support of the community coming together to serve the women in need in South Florida and beyond.” The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative relies on the generous support of its sponsors to accomplish its mission. WBHI recognizes Don Soffer, Colodny, Fass, Talenfield, Karlinsky, Abate, PA, Ivory Construction, UPS, American Traffic Solutions, Seminole Casualty Insurance, United Automobile Insurance Company, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Parello, AvMed, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, Humana, Max South Construction, Hershell Gill Construction Engineering, Landscaping Associates, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick White, Williamson Automotive and RCC Associates for their support. Individual tickets to the reception are available for $75 each. For additional information, visit www.flbreasthealth.com or call Stephanie Hoogenbergen at 305-825-4081 for ticket information. Who:               The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative What:             Open the Door 4th Annual Reception Where:          Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes, FL       � When:            March 18, 6 to 9 pm

Press Release: WBHI Takes to the Streets to Promote Early Cancer Detection, Breast Health Awareness

Breast Cancer Door to Door Outreach Offers Free Mammograms to at-risk women January 24, 2011 (Miami, Florida) – The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative (WBHI) will be taking its mission of promoting early detection and awareness to the streets again for the 2011 February Outreach Campaign Saturday mornings on February 5, February 12, and February 19. WBHI volunteers will knock on the doors of over 1,400 households in the City of Miami to save lives. At the end of the door-to-door outreach, WBHI will culminate the program on February 26 with a visit from a mobile mammography van providing free mammograms to pre-qualified women right in their own neighborhood. This year, WBHI will be targeting the City of Miami’s District 4, in collaboration with Commissioner Francis Suarez. Commissioner Suarez has worked tirelessly to serve the district and believes strongly in our mission to provide women with the appropriate awareness, education and screening, regardless of their financial means. “We believe that the work Andrea and the WBHI are doing is extremely positive for District 4,” says Commissioner Suarez. “We are happy to support the organization, and know that their work will have a positive impact on the citizens in our neighborhoods.” Andrea Ivory, internationally recognized 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero, breast cancer survivor, and founder of WBHI knows that early detection saves lives, because it saved hers. She founded WBHI, the premiere source of free door to door breast health awareness, education and screening to the uninsured and underserved in South Florida. “Breast cancer kills our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters, family and friends. ALL women are at risk for breast cancer. Although early detection saves lives, not all women have access and awareness;” states Andrea, “That’s what we’re out there to do.” WBHI believes that all women have the right to benefit from the early detection of breast cancer regardless of their ability to pay, and fights breast cancer as a life threatening disease, one household at a time. Since 2006 WBHI has knocked on more than 30,000 doors to save lives in South Florida. Jackson Health System supports the efforts of WBHI by collaborating to provide our participants with free screening.

Who: The Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative What: Door to door campaign offering free breast health awareness, education and  mammograms to the uninsured and underserved. Where: City of Miami, Florida 33125  When: February 5, 12, 19 – Starting – 8:30AM Contact: Andrea Ivory, Founder, Women’s Breast & Heart Health Initiative 866–315–7711

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Save the Date to Smash Breast Cancer!

We are holding our first annual tennis tournament on February 5, 2011 at the Miami Springs Tennis Courts. You don’t have to be a tennis-pro to participate.  We are just out to have a good time and raise money for a great cause!  Please join us and support WBHI.  If you can participate, please let us know ASAP and return this Tennis Entry Form. Applications must be received by February 1.  You will be paired up with a partner if you don’t have one.  We’ll even have racquets available for those of you who haven’t played in a while.  There will be food and drink available for purchase, a raffle where you can win valuable gift certificates from local Miami Springs establishments and lots of fun.  Please join us!  Alternatively, you can RSVP on our Facebook page and we’ll contact you with more information!