Understanding the Benefits of Volunteering from Our 24 Hour Call Center
A Courteous Communications believes in giving back to the community in any way we can. Sometimes, people just need a little help to get back on their feet and we really enjoy providing that assistance when we can. Our virtual receptionists spend their free time as volunteers for several Orlando charitable organizations not because our 24 hour call center requires them to, but simply because they want to.
• Giving Allows You to Receive
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
Often times we get lost in the all-consuming work grind. It’s hard to pull yourself out of the mind frame requiring you to work, work, work. We agree with Ghandi in that, if you allow yourself to be distracted in serving others, you can find a special meaning or calling that wasn’t always visible.
Many people that devote time to helping others in their community admit that they feel like they receive more than they give. How could this be? If you have never volunteered, you have never known the joys of receiving an earnest, simple and sincere thank you. This gratitude that is poured onto you by such a simple act of humanity can warm you to the core.
Looking into the eyes of strangers and making a connection is very special. Just by interacting and communicating with others in your community, you leave yourself open to receive. You are given different and new perspectives that impact your view of yourself and of the world.
Simply put, volunteering will help you develop yourself into the best person you can possibly be.
• Giving Teaches You Humility
“Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” Rick Pitino
One thing that volunteering definitely brings into your life is the ability to feel grateful, content and even at times, extremely fortunate. In your normal and everyday environment, you may not have the ability to see just how lucky you are. When you spend time helping others you are able to see what some community members stress out about. You learn that some people in your community:
- • Don’t know when their next meal is going to be.
- • Don’t know where they are going to sleep that night.
- • Can’t go on interviews because they don’t have the right attire.
- • Can’t afford medication recommended for an illness or ailment.
Learning and interacting with less fortunate members of your community allows you to put your own stresses and hardships into perspective. Should you really be worried about whether or not your new promotion comes with the corner office? Do you give your husband or wife back the expensive smart phone they gifted you because it wasn’t the latest model? Is high blood pressure worth stressing out over the construction delays of putting in your new patio deck?
Humility is automatic and instant when you realize that others in your community are unable to put food in their kids’ mouths; shoes on their feet; and a roof over their heads. The most basic of human needs are not being met in your city right now and you can help by just devoting a little of your time.
• Giving Improves Your Health
“Man surprises me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.” James L. Lachard
Did you know that studies have shown that volunteering can actually lead to a healthier life? Perhaps you don’t get much physical exercise in your normal day to day life, but when you volunteer, you stand for hours at a time serving food at a shelter. It is possible that ever since you started volunteering, you are better at managing your stress levels and overall outlook. Or maybe you were suffering from a bout of depression but started to meet new people in your community that helped you to feel good.
Our 24 hour call center cannot find specific scientific studies to show our personal experiences in an improvement of health through volunteering. However, we could find UnitedHealth Group’s National Study, Doing Good is Good for You, that gives some excellent statistical feedback:
- • 76% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier.
- • 94% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood.
- • 78% of them said that volunteering lowered their stress levels.
- • 96% reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life.
- • 80% of them feel like they have control over their health.
Take it from us. The benefits of volunteering are endless. Get involved today!
It is one thing to describe the benefits of volunteering but you have to experience it for yourself. Find a volunteer group in your community that you can help and that who, in turn, can help you right back.