Philabundance runs on volunteers. Without them, we couldn’t accomplish the work that we do on a daily basis in providing nutritious food to our nine-county service area in Southeastern PA and Southern NJ. We are beyond grateful for the tens of thousands of hours our dedicated community members commit to our vital mission annually.
The 2023 Volunteer Month looks a bit different this year due to the lingering effects of the pandemic and the inflation rates that continue to grip a hold on our communities.
Philabundance is and will always be beyond grateful for the astounding support we receive from community members across our nine-county service area. In 2022, individual volunteers dedicated 33,488 hours of their time during almost 10,386 shifts. Thanks to them, we saved critical funds that allow us to buy more food for people in need.
There are so many reasons why we think volunteering is important.
First and foremost, when you volunteer, you make a huge difference in the world. Without you, many non-profit organizations would struggle to operate.
Volunteering provides you the opportunity to connect with people who often share the same values, skills, and experiences as you. This can lead to new friendships or job opportunities since you are constantly meeting and interacting with new people.
It can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
It’s good for you! A recent study from Carnegie Mellon University found adults over the age of 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure, an important indicator of health which contributes to heart disease, stroke, and premature mortality.
Finally, volunteering can be lots of fun! As well as giving you the opportunity to explore new interests and learn new skills, it can also give you something to look forward to and something meaningful to do with your spare time.
Learn more about Philabundance’s volunteer opportunities and sign up on our website.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to helping our communities thrive!