VOLUNTEERING Rachel Levey-Baker
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There are many reasons to give to others- gain professional skills, experience, and references, and to boost your employment and scholarship applications. The Greek philosopher Aristotle once surmised that the essence of life is “To serve others and do good.” We certainly agree with him, and research suggests that serving others might also be the essence of good health.
Service as a Stress Reliever for Students (http://blog.handsonsuburbanchicago. org/?p=2737)
arents newsletter spring 2016 Greetings, parents and families!
If your student is experiencing stress at this busy time of year, encourage them to take some time to volunteer. From the Corporation for National and Community Service’s “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research” (2007): “Why might we see a connection between volunteer activities and longer and healthier lives? Evidence suggests that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as one’s sense of purpose. In turn, positive social psychological factors are correlated with lower risks of poor physical health. Volunteering may enhance a person’s social networks to buffer stress and reduce risk of disease. This connection between volunteering, social psychological factors, and social networks has been captured by what has been termed “social integration theory,” or “role theory,” which holds that an individual’s social connections, typically measured by the number of social roles that an individual has, can provide meaning and purpose to his or her life, while protecting him or her from isolation in difficult periods. However, research also suggests that volunteer activities offer those who serve more than just a social network to provide support and alleviate stress; volunteering also provides individuals with a sense of purpose and life satisfaction.” (link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/ pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf)
Linking Engaged Learning, Student Mental Health and Well-Being, and Civic Development: A Review of the Literature (https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/ periodicals/linking-engaged-learning-studentmental-health-and-well-being-and) Serving your community is a great way to stay engaged and have a sense of purpose through out the summer. If your student will be in the Sarasota or Manatee area, please encourage them to join the Lazarus Community Service Summer Program! Students can submit proposals for volunteers projects that benefit the community! They can choose to volunteer with any local nonprofit for as many hours as they wish. Those who successfully complete the program can apply for scholarship awards that will be applied once classes start in the fall! Applications have been sent to their email and announcements can be found on the Portal. If they need more information, they can contact Rachel Levey-Baker, Director of Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those students who will be heading out of town until the return of classes may also inquire about projects they can work on from home, such as creating stuffed toys for children at SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, a local shelter for women and children who are victims of abuse) or creating rainbow start sun-catchers for children who are undergoing cancer treatments. We can send your student home with supplies! Before your student departs from campus or this area, please remind them that we will have donation drives set up to collect non-perishable food, clothing items, personal hygiene items, house wares and more. We look forward to wrapping up a successful semester and continuing to give back through the summer! Best, Rachel Levey-Baker www.ringling.edu
Parents Newsletter April 2016