Why Do People Volunteer?. A Discussion With Volunteer Ombudsmen Presented at: NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman Conference 9/25/08 Jody Signoracci
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Why Do People Volunteer?
A Discussion With Volunteer Ombudsmen
NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman Conference
Director of Constituency Services
-expertise, education, knowledge
Volunteers positively impact communities by:
1.being involved in solving key challenges facing
2.contributing to a stronger local economy*?
3.experiencing lower incidences of illness*?
4.creating a more healthy and vibrant place to live and work*?
Volunteers are “Social Capital”
*Retrieved from National and Community Service, 2007 City Trends and Rankings
1. NYSOFA meets the needs of an aging
population by exploring ways to keep
them actively engaged in meaningful
activities in their communities
2. NYSOFA enhances its ability to provide
advocacy and supportive services
to vulnerable seniors by increasing their pool
of volunteers who are over the age
Did you know that volunteers benefit from:
- living longer healthier lives
2.higher functional ability*?
-less physical and mental decline
3.lower rates of depression*?
-less isolation and more connection with
4.less incidence of heart disease*?
- increased activity and helping others makes the heart
* Retrieved from National & Community Services, Volunteering Produces Health Benefits2007
-taken from Annual LTCOP Report 2007
I can make a difference:
It is my civil duty:
For Personal Growth:
It is my spiritual duty:
It’s the right thing to do:
of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion,
unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for
one another. Erma Bombeck
It gives me purpose:
Thanks to you for all you do!