“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
A recent survey conducted by Atlantic Monthly and GlaxoSmithKline showed that individuals across all socioeconomic brackets felt that a community resource they lacked was “kind, supportive neighbors.” The study also suggested a solution to the problem: volunteering. American communities with “collective efficacy,” or a willingness amongst neighbors to join forces to protect and promote a common good, demonstrate lower rates of depression, obesity, and overall mortality than the national average.
If you live in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, consider donating your time for the good of public broadcasting. Have fun while meeting other people who care about making our community a better place to live. Won’t you be our neighbor?
On Saturday March 23, 2013 fifteen sisters from Duquesne University’s Beta Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority donated their time as volunteers for WQED’s On-Air TV Pledge Drive. The morning featured a live cooking show with Lidia Bastianich of Lidia’s Italy.
Did You Know?
Some fun facts about volunteerism...
- State volunteer rate is strongly connected with the physical health of the states’ population. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control indicates that states with a high volunteer rate also have lower rates of mortality and incidences of heart disease.
- The estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $20.25.
- Adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.
- Volunteering leads to greater life satisfaction and lower rates of depression. Evidence suggests that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as a personal sense of purpose and accomplishment, and enhances a person’s social networks to buffer stress and reduce disease risk.
- Individuals who volunteer live longer. Several longitudinal studies have found that those individuals who volunteer during the first wave of a survey have lower mortality rates at the second wave of the survey.
- Volunteering and physical well-being are part of a positive reinforcing cycle. A study from the Americans’ Changing Lives survey found that those who volunteered reported higher levels of happiness, life-satisfaction, self-esteem, a sense of control over life, and physical health three years later, while those who reported higher levels of happiness, life-satisfaction, self-esteem, a sense of control over life, and physical health were more likely to volunteer three years later.