Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater. Volunteering and helping others can help reduce stress, combat depression, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more one volunteers, the more benefits are experienced, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time. Giving in even simple ways can help others those in need and improve your health and happiness.

Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers.

   - Adapted with permission from Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A Practical, Easy Guide for Healthy, Happy Living, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publications.

Here is a listing of all SBA members who have opportunities available for volunteers.  

Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter
Jessica Munoz

American Cancer Society
Beth Thompson

American Diabetes Association
Stephanie Pedersen

Boy Scouts of America - Pathway to Adventure Council
Dave Clemente

Building Families Together Inc.
Sherry Green

Center for Enriched Living
April Booze

Chicagoland Dog Rescue
Phil Brakefield

Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County
Mark Parr

Child's Voice
Kate  Bousum

Laura Warren

DEA Nation
Sarah Olesen

Feed My Starving Children
Marilyn Maurella

Fellowship Housing Corporation

Pam Orr

Gateway for Cancer Research
Walter  Grandberry

Golden Corridor Family YMCA
Gary Bublitz

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley
Bill Klaves

Little City
Jean Hodal

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Joan Sellergren

Prairie Center for the Arts
Theresa Olvera

Resources for Community Living
Frederick Stupen

Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates
William Kelley

Schaumburg AM Rotary Club
Scott  Zambo 

Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54
Andrew DuRoss

Schaumburg Jaycees
Dawn Stangle

Schaumburg Township District Library
Monica  Harris

Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation
Jennifer Waldorf

Shelter, Inc.
Barbara Mazursky

Township High School District 211
Lauren Hummel

United Parent Support for Down Syndrome
Anita Herr

WINGS Program, Inc.
Terri Channer

Woodfield Area Children's Organization (WACO)
Geri McCall-Barrath

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