As we turn the page on another year, it’s time to begin thinking about how to make 2020 extra special. If you are creating New Year’s resolutions, consider including volunteering on Long Island on your list. By paying it forward, you will likely get back more than you would have imagined in return.
3 Reasons to Consider Volunteering in 2020
1) Make a Difference
Through volunteering, we all have the ability to make a difference in our communities.
Whether you sign up to be a mentor or deliver food for Meals on Wheels, a resolution to volunteer on Long Island can have a big impact on the lives of individuals in need.
Regardless of how you choose to give back, every little contribution matters.
2) Experience Personal Growth
Volunteering is a social activity that can help you grow as a person. It tends to provide mental and physical benefits, including:
- Counteracting the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety
- Combating depression
- Increasing happiness
- Improving self-confidence
- Providing a sense of purpose
3) Enjoy New Experiences
Volunteering on Long Island is more than just a way to get out of the house. It is an experience that can open your eyes to a whole new world.
In the company of other like-minded individuals, you will have the opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, and build connections that will help you have a more fulfilling New Year.
Volunteer on Long Island with EAC Network
EAC Network, which empowers, assists and cares for people in need across Long Island and New York City, accepts volunteers on a rolling basis. Consider putting one of these activities on your list of New Year’s resolutions.
4 Ways to Get Involved Today
Become a Mentor
EAC Network’s Chance to Advance program needs volunteer mentors to be matched with youth in foster care to act as a positive role model and introduce them to constructive opportunities.
Our Meals on Wheels program relies significantly on volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels also seeks volunteers to offer friendly visits to seniors, which provides positive socialization for those who live alone.
Be a Companion
EAC Network’s In-Home Respite Services seeks volunteers to become companions to older adults for two to six hours a week. Besides keeping seniors safe in the absence of their caregiver, you would be offering friendship, engaging in games and activities, preparing a light meal, and offering additional support.
Our Suffolk County Children’s Center at Cohalan Court needs volunteers to help supervise the children at the Center while their parents attend to court business.
These are just a few of the ways you can choose to volunteer on Long Island in 2020. If you would like to learn more about giving back to the community, check out ways to get involved with EAC Network.