The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Bring your well-manner pet to visit our hospice patients in their homes or facilities where they live.
Share your pet and be a friendly companion
Visit patients in facilities in an area near your school or home
Bring your calm, well-behaved pet to visit with patients
Contribute to our patients’ quality of life just by being there and sharing your pet
How can you benefit by being a volunteer?
Increase meaning and purpose in your life
Volunteer with your pet
Develop interpersonal skills
Feel pride in making an impact
Volunteering can add years to your life.
A study of 10,000 people, published in the journal Health Psychology found that those who regularly volunteer are less likely to die than non-volunteers. And people who give back for the "right" reasons (e.g., to help other, not to feel better about themselves) stay alive the longest.