One of the most important ways in which people can help RER is by BEING HELP - by VOLUNTEERING! Volunteers are an essential part of the work that we do; it is great for us, and we hope you'll find that it is good for you, too!
RER Depends on Volunteers
"Volunteers are a tremendous resource for charitable nonprofits. Absent volunteers, many charitable nonprofits would not be able to conduct programs, raise funds, or serve clients."
National Council of NonProfits (see https://www.councilofnonprofits.org)
The Benefits of Volunteering
"Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone — such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment — are worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents we: solve problems, strengthen communities, improve lives, connect to others, and transform our own lives."
Corporation for National & Community Service (see http://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/benefits-volunteering)
Volunteering Makes Us Healthier
"Over the past two decades we have seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. This research, which is presented by the Corporation for National & Community Service in a report titled 'The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research,' has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Comparisons of the health benefits of volunteering for different age groups have also shown that older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits from volunteering, whether because they are more likely to face higher incidence of illness or because volunteering provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing. Some of these findings also indicate that volunteers who devote a 'considerable' amount of time to volunteer activities (about 100 hours per year) are most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes."
Corporation for National & Community Service (see http://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/benefits-volunteering) View Full Report
COME, BE HELP! RER would love to have you volunteer with us!
If you need to do court-ordered community service, or some other form of community service (for school or work) that requires RER staff to validate your record of volunteering, please click here and you will be redirected to the Community Service section of our website.
If you are interested in volunteering with RER, we have a wide variety of ways in which folks can do so. Please click here and you will be redirected to the Volunteer section of our website.