Find a service organization that suits you

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Find a service organization that suits you

Dear Editor:

After reading an article in the June 2018 AARP bulletin by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, about Healthy Living, it caused me to think about the need for more volunteers. There are more than 80 non-profit organizations in our town alone. The article states: “loneliness is the new smoking...equally as bad for you as inhaling 15 cigarettes a day...and can shave eight years off life expectancy and has a big negative effect on quality of life.” I was astonished to read that “the mortality risk for loneliness is greater than that of obesity.”

“Having a purpose in life is also important to health as we get older and for many is more important than making money,” the article claims. A sense of purpose is associated with a wide range of better health outcomes reducing risk of stroke, heart attack and Alzheimer’s disease. “People with a feeling of purpose get better sleep, have fewer nights of hospital admission and go to the doctor less often.” They tend to live a healthier lifestyle.

The reason I bring this up is that I see a great need for more volunteers in the many organizations that so richly serve our town. I encourage readers to investigate these non profits and service organizations. Find one that suits you. Give of your time even if it’s only a few hours a week. The friendships you’ll make and the sense of purpose you’ll feel will be beneficial to not only the organization but will benefit your own sense of well being and good health.


Pamela Harr