Five Things Friday – Albie Aware Volunteers
Making a BIG Impact
Over the past 15 years, volunteers have contributed significantly to the growth and success of the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation and to the people we serve. Thanks to our volunteers, we have been able to raise thousands of dollars each year and make a huge difference in the lives of men and women afflicted with breast cancer. Here are five reasons to become an Albie Aware volunteer:
1. Volunteering Improves the Lives of Others
Volunteering empowers people, fosters active citizenship, and helps build inclusive and resilient communities in which we can all flourish. Volunteers improve the lives of others, and in the case of Albie Aware, volunteers actually help save lives.
Volunteers support our mission to:
- Provide referrals to detect, treat and support those with a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Deliver education through community health fairs and free breast health classes.
- Support and advocate for patients by attending their medical appointments and helping them navigate a complex system.
- Reassure clients that Albie Aware will help pay for screenings and diagnostic testing for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise cannot afford the test.
Volunteering improves communities and helps others, and volunteering can also benefit YOU!
2. Volunteers Learn New Skills
Volunteers help in our office and at events. Others create imaginative and innovative ways to support on-going programs. Our volunteers facilitate education, raise funds, collect donations, serve food, play on competitive teams (i.e. Champions, Albie Bowling), and advocate on our behalf.
Current volunteer opportunities at Albie Aware:
- Auction Support & Donations
- Client Interaction
- Information Distribution
- Event Participation
- Health Fairs
- Hospitality – Waitress/Bartend
- Office Assistance
Albie Aware offers volunteer opportunities for teens and seniors alike. To learn more about becoming a volunteer contact us at email@example.com, call our office, or complete our volunteer form.
3. Volunteering Builds and Reveals Talents
Volunteering helps you build upon skills you already have for the benefit of everyone. Whether you are in business, healthcare, education, law, or any other profession, you can help raise awareness, teach, advocate, and support our clients. You can further develop public speaking and communication skills. Your unique skills and perspectives can lead to broader thinking and new paths to explore.
At Albie Aware, many volunteers have experienced breast cancer themselves or through a loved one. Every volunteer has a different reason for bringing their skills and talents to Albie Aware.
Here are inspirational stories from a few of our extraordinary volunteers:
Former Albie Aware Bookkeeper
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Albie Aware Interpreter
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4. Volunteering is Good for Your Health
Giving makes you healthier and happier. It’s a fact. Giving to others can help protect your mental and physical health. Studies show that when you focus on others, your stress levels decrease, your immune system is strengthened, and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases.
- Helps combat depression.
- Keeps you mentally stimulated.
- Promotes longevity: According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, People who volunteer over 100 hours a year are some of the healthiest people in the U.S.
- Provides a sense of purpose.
- Reduces stress.
Whether you give a few hours or make a long-term commitment, giving benefits others and YOU!
5. Volunteers Reap Other Benefits
Volunteers make a positive difference in the community and the world. You become part of something bigger than yourself. Here are more benefits to volunteering:
- Builds bonds and creates friendships.
- Connects you with the community.
- Improves school and college experience.
- Improves self-esteem.
- Increases socialization.
- Looks good on a resume or advances your career.
- Reduces stress.
- Volunteering adds fun to your life.
People volunteer for many reasons. For some, it’s to give back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others, it is an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. What unites them all is that volunteering can be both challenging and rewarding. The benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community.
Albie Aware Needs You
The Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that can easily fit into your lifestyle and schedule. Consider becoming a volunteer with us. To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call our office, or complete our volunteer form.