Got Time on Your Hands? Try Volunteering! - PIH Health

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Published on June 01, 2015

Got Time on Your Hands? Try Volunteering!

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volunteer, Diana HooverWhether working at your local hospital, a homeless shelter, a social services agency, your local library, your child’s school or on a political campaign, volunteering is good for you. Research has shown that volunteering your time and talents can increase self-satisfaction, improve your physical condition and help avoid illnesses. Volunteering keeps the mind, body and spirit stimulated and challenged.

Benefits of volunteering include:
• Personal growth
• Interaction with community-minded, service-oriented people
• Learning new skills
• Helping a cause you believe in
• Meeting new people and making new friends
• Making a difference in the lives of others
• Creating a sense of fulfillment and purpose
• Gaining work experience and advancing your career
• Being part of a team

Diana Hoover, a retired executive assistant, volunteers at PIH Health. She spent the majority of her 30-year career in corporate America, working most recently for Southern California Edison.

“I was looking for a new opportunity – something that would enable me to give back to the community while occupying time and curing me of the itch to rejoin the workforce,” said Hoover. ”Volunteering at PIH Health gave me all of that and more. Each day I am in the office, I know I’m contributing to an organization that is engaged in helping others.”

Those interested in joining PIH Health’s 1250+ volunteers should visit the Volunteer page on They can also call Volunteer Services at PIH Health Downey Hospital at 562.904.5000 Ext. 25223 or Volunteer Services at PIH Health Whittier Hospital at 562.698.0811 Ext. 12423.

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.

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