APRIL ARTICLE: Volunteering

April is National Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate and honor volunteers who help make a difference in the lives of so many and in the communities they serve.

Volunteers are all around, dedicating their time and effort to many different nonprofit organizations and causes. Volunteers have a beneficial influence in countless ways. For instance, volunteers provide daily meals to families in need and to homebound older adults; assist with home renovations for those not able to complete the work themselves; help shape a younger generation by reading to children; write letters of support to deployed U.S. service members; and help care for animals, the environment, and many other causes.

The benefits of volunteering are significant. Volunteering provides a vital connection to others and to the community. Studies have associated volunteering with reduced depression and living longer. Not only that, volunteering helps keep the brain active, which contributes to cognitive health. Research has also shown that volunteerism within organizations can boost morale.

Those who volunteer share their knowledge and experiences with organizations and causes that benefit from it - while building on skills they already have and developing new skills along the way.

Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) has a Volunteer Center located at 204 South Meadow Road in Plymouth that serves as a central resource for volunteers as well as for local agencies offering volunteer opportunities in Plymouth County. Stop by or schedule an appointment to visit the Volunteer Center to learn about the variety of short and long-term opportunities that are available to fit your lifestyle and interests.

Aspiring volunteers can individually talk with OCES Volunteer Program staff who can help locate volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and skill set. OCES’ Volunteer Program includes Meals on Wheels and the Money Management Program as well as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Plymouth County, available for individuals age 55+.  The Volunteer Center is equipped with computers for researching volunteer opportunities as well as brochures and other literature from organizations seeking volunteers. It also serves as a designated space for volunteers to work together on specific projects, such as Letter Writing to Troops for National Days of Service and Remembrance. OCES assists service partner organizations such as Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, local food banks and Veterans Service Agencies that rely on volunteers.

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to contribute to your community and help enhance people's lives? Consider becoming one of the 63 million Americans who volunteer each year. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, RSVP at OCES’ Volunteer Center by visiting, ocesma.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities.

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Volunteers are all around, dedicating their time and effort to many different nonprofit organizations and causes. Volunteers have a beneficial influence in countless ways. For instance, volunteers provide daily meals to families in need and to homebound older adults; assist with home renovations for those not able to complete the work themselves; help shape a younger generation by reading to children; write letters of support to deployed U.S. service members; and help care for animals, the environment, and many other causes.

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More than 80 were in attendance for Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) Volunteer Center Grand Re-Opening event held Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

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