Senior adults in Northeast Missouri see volunteering as a means to stay physically and mentally healthy, according to a new poll of RSVP members at Douglass Community Services in Hannibal.

Senior adults in Northeast Missouri see volunteering as a means to stay physically and mentally healthy, according to a new poll of RSVP members at Douglass Community Services in Hannibal.

In each three-year federal grant cycle, the RSVP program surveys local volunteers on the impact of their activities.  Some from the anonymous survey respondents include:

“I feel my contribution helps others.”

“Volunteering keeps me active.”

“Volunteering helps me meet new people and helping people see others in a different light.”

“Volunteering makes me feel valued.”

The survey was conducted in the early months of 2018, and nearly 31 percent of the 153 volunteers responded.

Other findings of the survey include 79 percent of the volunteers saying that their volunteer activities improve their physical health and 85 percent indicating that volunteering improves their sense of well-being.

“We have known that our RSVP volunteers are making significant contributions to the non-profits where they are serving,” said RSVP Director Stacey Nicholas. “This survey show that volunteering also playing a significant positive role in the health and well-being of the volunteer, as well.”

RSVP at DCS helps people age 55 and older find meaningful volunteer opportunities in their communities. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may contact the RSVP office at 573-221-3892.



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