Why Everyone Should Become a Volunteer Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Why Everyone Should Become a Volunteer
A brief discussion on the benefits of volunteering.
# 153405 | 881 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 29, 2013 in Psychology (General)

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The paper reveals the positive association between volunteering, health and personal happiness, and looks at how Australian volunteers help endangered leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica. The paper describes how Academy Award "Best Actor" winner Tom Hanks motivates Vassar College students to help others and concludes that helping a worthy nonprofit in any community can set ripples of positive energy in motion.

The Positive Association between Volunteering, Health, and Personal Happiness
Australian Volunteers Help Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
Tom Hanks motivates Vassar College Students

From the Paper:

"According to an article in the journal Social Forces (Li, et al, 2006), volunteering contributes to "a more civil society and reportedly improves volunteers' physical and mental health," and moreover, these benefits "could be substantial over the life course," Li writes. The research that Li incorporates into the article shows that "Multiple social roles provide meaning and purpose in life" for the volunteer. And that purpose and activism "often protects people against despair and isolation during difficult times" (Li, p. 2). Also, when a person is actively engaged in a social role that includes volunteering for a meaningful project or program, that activity "promotes social support, social interactions and other psychosocial resources that enhance resilience in the face of disease" (Mendes de Leon, Glass and Berkman 2003; Moen, Dempster-McClain and Williams 1989).
"Moreover, volunteering is "intrinsically rewarding because it leads to social recognition," Li continues (p. 2). Also volunteering contributes to "a stronger sense of identity" and helping others "makes people feel happier and healthier" (Li, p. 2).
"Karen Gallant and colleagues conducted research regarding mandatory community service that many high school students around the country are asked to do. In fact about 81% of American high schools currently involve their students in community service projects, and 24% of American high schools "mandate involvement" as a requirement for graduation (Gallant, et al, 2010, p. 1)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gallant, Karen, Smale, Bryan, and Arai, Susan. "Civic engagement through mandatoryCommunity service: implications of serious leisure." Journal of Leisure Research, 42.2(2010): 181-202.
  • Hanks, Tom. "Commencement Speech at Vassar College." Retrieved April 26, 2011, fromhttp://www.tomhanks-online.com.
  • Li, Yunqing, and Ferraro, Kenneth F. "Volunteering in middle and later life: is health a benefit,Barrier, or both?" Social Forces, 85.1 (2006): 497-520.
  • McFarlane, Glenn. "Expat Tales." Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Retrieved April 11, 2011,from EBSCOhost.com. (2005).
  • Ragan-Fore, Jennifer. "Why Volunteer? General Membership Program Director Jennifer Ragan-Fore says Volunteering Offers Many Benefits Beyond a Desire to do Good." Learning &Leading with Technology, 36.3 (2008): p. 48.

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