Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, has always been the kind of person who pitches in to help those who could use a hand. It is the kind of attitude that led her to choose social work as her career.
“Before becoming a social worker,” she says, “I enjoyed doing voluntary work in the community, working with several client groups, including working with black elders within an inner London borough in a day centre. I have also worked voluntarily for women’s aid.”
There are many good reasons for people to volunteer their time, as Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, has learned. Studies have shown that volunteering can actually reduce stress; focusing on someone other than yourself, it appears, can interrupt usual tension-producing patterns. And that can make you healthier. Moods and emotions improve, and can strengthen the immune system.
Volunteering also provides valuable community services, and that can help save resources. More money can be spent on local improvements.
Volunteering, Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, has learned, brings people together. It can unite people from diverse background, and allow them to work together toward a common goal. And that, in turn, can strengthen your community by fostering a better understanding of the needs of all of its people, and promote empathy.
People like Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, are able to give back to their communities by volunteering their time. That, in turn, encourages civic responsibility; volunteers learn that community service is an investment in the community and the people who live in it. And as a final lesson, volunteers like Caroline Rodgers learn that every person counts, and every person can make a difference.