Volunteering in Asheville is a good way to accomplish new year resolutions

ASHEVILLE – As 2011 is here, many of us are making resolutions to improve our lives in one way or another: get fit and healthy, get out of debt, get a new job, make new friends, learn something new, spend more time with my family, and help strengthen the community. Somehow the clean slate of a new year is inspiring; anything seems possible. And with a plan, it is.
Volunteering can help people meet many of these New Year’s Resolutions

• Volunteering can help improve your health. Studies have shown volunteers have greater longevity, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease than those who don’t volunteer. And depending on your volunteer activity, you might just find yourself moving around more which is sure to help you get more fit.

• Volunteering is wonderful way to get to know people better. Volunteer with your family or friends or go on your own and meet new ones. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with the people around you and elevates your relationship over time. Do you have kids? Hands On even has age-appropriate projects for kids and their families.

• Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and test out possible career paths. Interested in teaching but not sure if you want to return to school? Help out in a classroom and learn the ropes. Want to know more about your environment? Help clean a stream and learn about local aquatic life.

• And naturally, volunteering helps our community. The needs of our neighbors and community are growing by the day, and many local nonprofits are struggling to serve everyone. You can help address those needs by volunteering.

United Way’s Hands On Asheville-Buncombe makes it easy to lend a hand and help others in our community by volunteering with Asheville and Buncombe County nonprofits throughout the year.

Visit www.handsonasheville.org and choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you: your passions, your skills, your schedule. Volunteer on your own or with your family, business or faith community. With more than 200 short-term and ongoing volunteer opportunities listed in the online database, you are bound to find one that works for you.

For more information, contact:
Sarah Wohlmuth, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Director or Charlie Lee, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Manager at 255-0696

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