Volunteer for a good cause

Published 7:00 am Friday, April 20, 2018

This month, thousands of people across the United States will recognize national volunteer month. With the weather at a perfect spring temperature, and the school year coming to a close, now is the perfect time to find a volunteer opportunity.

There are dozens of volunteer opportunities in Pearl River County. Depending on personal preferences and interests, the perfect position is available to anyone interested in helping the community.

Animal lovers can help walk dogs, feed cats, clean pens and stuff adoption bags at the Picayune SPCA. Nature-oriented people can volunteer at the Crosby Arboretum to help paint, clear paths, guide tours and answer phones, among other things. For those who want to help on a more personal, human level, Bedford Care Center is looking for volunteers to help man events, decorate the facility or spend time with the residents.

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Volunteering can seem like a hassle. With the busyness of everyday life, time has a way of getting away from us. However, getting involved with a volunteer program can be fun, and beneficial.

Before turning down the idea of being a volunteer, take a moment to think about the potential impact on the local community. If no one stepped up to go to the Arboretum to rake the paths and cut down branches, the paths would become overgrown. If no one went to the SPCA to help socialize dogs and puppies, those animals might end up unfit for adoption.

Volunteers make the things we take for granted possible.

In addition, volunteering also provides health benefits. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteer programs can improve an individual’s health, lower the rates of depression and anxiety and develop a strong sense of community.

Go out and find a program to volunteer with this month. It will be worth every second.