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volunteering is a great way of         new skills by either self-teachings    Volunteering is a way to not only
combating depression...YES…            or by volunteering alongside people    explore your passions and interests,
depression! Not to go down this        that already possess those skills.     but to find new and exciting passions
road to much, but a key risk factor    You can start to manage projects,      and interests. It is a way to unwind,
for depression is social isolation.    learn how to work as a team and        and escape for a few hours, a way
Volunteering, keeps you in regular     how to organize your work. All         to grow as a person and family,
contact with others that can also      of these new skills and the self       it’s an experience to do something
become your very own support           confidence that you will achieve,      different, something challenging,
network. Depending on where            can be replicated at your place of     something enjoyable, something
and how you wish to volunteer,         employment and give you an edge        that gives you contentment…
volunteering with animals is a great   on that interview or promotion.        because in a few hours, you will
way to reduce stress and anxiety and                                          be back on that road, driving that
can vastly improve your mood.          Especially if you are a high school    commute, working behind that desk,
                                       student, volunteering in a field that  answering that telephone, back to
Keeping fit is a must these days, and  you think you would like to enter      the old routine…well…until the next
with our unhealthy lifestyle choices,  as a career is a fantastic way to a:   volunteering session begins!
rising costs of gym membership and     ensure that you will be fulfilled in
fresh fruit and vegetables it can be   your career before making the leap     Here at the Osceola County
tough. How about volunteering a        to study it at college and b: it can   Historical Society, we are in need
few hours as a gardener? Keeping       give you a ‘foot in the door’ and a    of volunteers all the time to
flowerbeds clear of weeds, planting    boost to you resume when looking       donate some hours to our pioneer
fresh new flowers etc... Think of      to enter your chosen field.            village, our historical museum and
the amount of exercise you will get                                           welcome center, our summer camp
for FREE! Whilst enjoying the fresh    My number 4 benefit to                 and educational programs, our
air and getting copious amounts        volunteering is probably the most      marketing programs, and of course
of vitamin D from the sun. It’s a      important, because without it,         our grounds maintenance programs
threefer!                              you will not get any of the other      (which comes with free vitamin
                                       wonderful benefits.                    D). If you would like to become a
My number 3 benefit to                                                        volunteer with us, please contact
volunteering is quite simple for       Volunteering brings ‘FUN AND           Scott at visitorservicesdirector@
those that are looking for it…         FULLFILLMENT’ to your life. Yes it     gmail.com for more information and
’CAREER ADVANCEMENT’. As a             does!                                  placement.
volunteer, you can learn and hone

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