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Is Volunteering Good For Your Health?

Let us count the ways.

Doing Good is Good For You: Health and Volunteering Study was done as part of UnitedHealthcare's continued effort to support and encourage volunteerism, understand its impact on health, and strengthen connections to communities. It found that volunteering isn't just good for nonprofits, it's good for people, and it's good for workplaces.

Good For You

About a quarter of the people who have volunteered in the past 12 months say that volunteering has helped them manage a chronic illness.

76% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months say that volunteering has made them feel healthier.

94% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months say that volunteering improves their mood.

96% say that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.

95% say they are helping to make their community a better place.

80% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months say that they feel they have control over their health.

78% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months say that volunteering lowers their stress levels.

Good For Employers

Nationally, over half of employees have volunteered.

Professional Jobs Skills

49% of people new to volunteering said that volunteering has helped with their career in the paid job market.

56% of new volunteers felt that volunteering would help their career.

Stronger Colleague Relationships

64% of employees who currently volunteer said that volunteering with work colleagues has strengthened their relationships.

81% of employed volunteers who volunteered through their workplace agreed that volunteering together strengthens relationships among colleagues.

People and Teamwork Skills

87% of people who said that volunteering helped their career responded that volunteering has developed their people skills and teamwork skills.

Time Management Skills

More than three-quarters of people who told us that volunteering helped their careers said that volunteering has taught them about time management.

The findings presented here are based on a national survey commissioned by UnitedHealth Group and Optum Institute, and conducted by Harris Interactive, an international leader in population research and survey methodology. To read the full Doing Good is Good For You: Health and Volunteering Study, visit https://www.unitedhealthgroup.com/sr

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