Volunteer Services: Benefits of Volunteering

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Published on July 23, 2021

Volunteer Services: Benefits of Volunteering

Photo of a heart-shaped toy held in a person's handsTime. Many of us wish we had more time and others might not know what to do with the extra time. If you find yourself in the latter position, consider volunteering for a local hospital organization. There are many areas within a hospital that could use reliable, friendly and helpful people. PIH Health has three hospitals located in Whittier, Downey and Los Angeles (Good Samaritan) that have many opportunities available.

You don’t need a lot of time to volunteer, just a few hours a week can make a huge impact. Learning new skills will help keep a mind sharp and using skills you already have provides an amazing resource in addition to allowing you to give back to your community. And, studies have indicated that volunteers are healthier than their non-volunteer counterparts.

Some benefits of volunteering include:

  • Meet new people and socialize often
  • Good emotional health and wellbeing
  • Make a difference and give back with a purpose
  • Use your skills in a productive way
  • Feel involved

PIH Health is a non-profit healthcare organization with volunteers that help weekly, daily or even monthly. There are different opportunities such as assisting in the gift shop, participating in a sewing or craft group, or helping clinical departments that welcome the extra hands. If you’re retired with an amazing skillset, don’t let it go to waste or if you’re just looking to get out and move more, volunteering can help with that, too.

If you’ve been thinking about what to do with those few extras hours, check out PIHHealth.org/Volunteer. A great opportunity is waiting for you! We’d love to have you join our team at PIH Health Whittier Hospital, PIH Health Downey Hospital or PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital. Applications are only accepted online. We hope to hear from you soon!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.