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The value of volunteering

Research on the benefits of service for volunteers

Habitat for Humanity, like many other nonprofit organizations, relies on volunteers to achieve its mission. Volunteers play key roles across the scope of nonprofit work, from working in offices to supporting programming in communities.

Volunteering can also take many different forms, from long-term volunteering to virtual volunteering and more.

The value that volunteering brings to the organizations served is well-known, but the impact of volunteering doesn’t stop there. Although many people are motivated by a sense of altruism, the volunteers themselves walk away with benefits.

Research has shown that volunteering is associated with improved health and well-being, including increased longevity, adoption of healthy lifestyles and reduction in depression and stress. The service volunteers provide also goes on to benefit the communities in which they live and serve.

Dive into the research around the value and benefits of volunteering in our evidence brief.

This evidence brief:

  • Explores behaviors and trends in volunteers and types of volunteering.
  • Features the benefits of volunteering to individuals.
  • Illustrates how volunteering benefits local communities.
  • Highlights how volunteers help Habitat.

5 creative ways to volunteer with Habitat

“You don’t have to swing a hammer,” one Habitat volunteer says. It takes a lot of people performing a variety of tasks to help families find decent shelter. Consider adding one of these creative efforts to your to-do list.

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Volunteer with Habitat in your community and around the world. With our help, families can achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.

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