Summertime is in full swing, and while many people are spending their spare time soaking up the sun, some others are seizing the opportunity to give back to the city – and so should you! Yes, we are talking volunteering. Let us shed some light on a few great reasons you should volunteer in Baltimore this summer. Spoiler alert: You’re making a positive impact.
Lead by Example and Build Your Child’s Character
Last week, we talked about how summer break officially began for Baltimore City students. We understand that summer months can be especially challenging for families. While the students themselves see summer break as “free time,” it often means more work for the parents when school is out of session. That being said, volunteering in the summertime is a great way to lead by example and show your children that giving back to your community (even when it’s not convenient for you) has immense value. It’s also an ideal time to get your child involved in a local youth program!
Volunteer in Baltimore to Strengthen Your Social Skills
Volunteering offers various health benefits to its participants. By choosing to volunteer your time (through our meal services, fundraising, social services, or youth programs) you are giving yourself the invaluable opportunity to strengthen your social skills, become a better communicator, and gain a true understanding of how much your help is needed and valued in your community.
Reduce Your Blood Pressure and Stress Levels
If you don’t believe what we’re telling you about volunteering, perhaps you will believe what the experts at Harvard Medical School have to say – which is that volunteering can help reduce your blood pressure and decrease stress levels! Additionally, by strengthening your social skills, you are less likely to become depressed and lonely. When you volunteer your time and energy, you aren’t just improving someone else’s quality of life – you are improving and lengthening your own. Learn about more benefits of volunteering here.
Ready to Make a Difference? Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+,Pinterest,Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.