Health Benefits of Volunteering Toolkit


n4a has launched a new public education campaign to spread awareness of the fact that older adults can reap major physical, mental and emotional benefits by volunteering for as little as two hours a week. Research shows that older volunteers may experience a reduction in depression, chronic pain and stress, while improving their mental functionality and even their chances of living longer.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a consumer brochure: Doing Good is Good for You: Volunteer!, that provides older adults with information about the health benefits of volunteering, as well as a checklist to help them match their interests with available opportunities. 

To help educate the public and key stakeholders about this issue and to support volunteer recruitment efforts, n4a has produced a toolkit containing the following materials: