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5 Benefits of Volunteering

Posted on: April 19th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Volunteering will not only benefit others, but also your health!

Volunteering will not only benefit others, but also your health!

Today is Volunteer Recognition Day! We want to take this opportunity to honor the ordinary people who do extraordinary things with their time and service. Many of us volunteer with location organizations, and most of us have benefited from the acts of a generous volunteer. LA Medical Retail Store supports volunteering efforts of all kinds! Check out these five awesome benefits of volunteering.

  1. Volunteering can help improve your physical well-being. The social interaction that occurs while volunteering can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It can also increase the feel-good chemicals in your brain, called endorphins, and boost your immune system.
  2. Volunteering is beneficial to both the giver and the receiver. Often times the person who offers their time feels like they receive more benefit than the person they helped!
  3. Volunteering can fight off stress and illness. Socializing with new people and discovering new skills are great for the mind as well as the body. Social connections are priceless.
  4. Volunteering boosts your self-esteem and self-worth. Choosing to help others without expecting a reward makes us feel good about ourselves, whether we are shown direct appreciation or not.
  5. Volunteering can help you live better and longer. The sense of purpose and positive interactions you develop with people greatly contribute to the benefits.

If you are telling yourself that you can’t volunteer because of age or physical limitations, think again! Many communities offer programs that are designed to give senior citizens the opportunities to volunteer.

April 20 is National Volunteer Day, and LA Medical wants to say a big “thank you” to all of the volunteers out there for your help and generosity. If you are a volunteer, or receive the benefits of volunteering, we appreciate you! And, as always, if the team at LA Medical Retail Store can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-740-7251.

American Red Cross Month and World Red Cross Day

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year in May and focuses on the international services that the Red Cross supplies for our country others around the world. LA Medical wants to acknowledge the hard work that the American Red Cross provides communities across the country every day, this May.

This day celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, founder of International Committee of the Red Cross and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize. The first Red Cross Day that was celebrated was on May 8, 1948.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Volunteers constitute 94 percent of the total workforce to carry out the Red Cross’s work.

Every day, more than 500 local chapters and 36 blood centers carry out the mission of the American Red Cross in communities across the country. The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries.

The American Red Cross is made up of donors, volunteers and employees that share the Red Cross’s mission of preventing and relieving suffering. The Red Cross touches hundreds of thousands of lives each year, below are numbers that show just how big of an impact they have on our world.

  • Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in the community.
  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood; 40 percent of the nation’s blood is supplied by the Red Cross.
  • The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the U.S. every year.
  • Across the country, 20,000 people a day receive lifesaving Red Cross health and safety training.
  • Each year, over 100 million people are reached across the globe.

 

LA Medical appreciates everyone that is a part of the American Red Cross Association. Let’s take this month to acknowledge the hard work the Red Cross does for people all around the world.

Taking the time to say "thank you" or showing other signs of courtesy can help improve your health.

Taking the time to say “thank you” or showing other signs of courtesy can help improve your health.

Find a Need and Fill It: The Power of Volunteering

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

It’s National Volunteer Week! We are proud to be part of our community and see the need for great volunteers around us every day. LA Medical wants to “volunteer” some ideas on how and where you can volunteer your time to help others.

Volunteering can be as easy as helping an older or disabled person paint their house.

Volunteering can be as easy as helping an older or disabled person paint their house.

1. Meals on Wheels. Check with your local Area on Aging Agency. You’ll be delivering food and a friendly face to someone who may not have another visitor that day.

2. If you like books, ask your local library for volunteer opportunities. From putting away books to reading to children, they have a spot for you.

3. Soup kitchens and food pantries are always in need of drivers to pick up donated food, organize shelves, pack food boxes and serve meals. Click here to find one in your area.

4. Your church or synagogue will always welcome free help. Ask about teaching a class, helping in the nursery, working in the kitchen for funerals and special events, or with mailings in the office.

5. Do you like animals? Talk to one of our local animal shelter. They always have dogs to walk and cats to play with. Consider fostering an animal. Think bigger and consider volunteering with a local therapeutic horse riding stable that provides services for people with disabilities or go wild and volunteer with wildlife rescue group.

6. Senior Citizen Centers and Nursing Homes are great places to volunteer. Play games, read a book or newspapers to residents, sing or play the piano.

LA Medical offers this list to get you thinking, but the possibilities are endless. We enjoy being part of this community and see people and groups with needs every day. Tell us where and how you volunteer in the community and share with us how volunteering has changed your life.

Thank you for the work you do!