Ten Reasons to volunteer

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1. Make a difference in your community

Independence and quality of life for Verde Valley seniors and those with disabilities. Learn from volunteer, John Wozniak.


2. Helping Others Boosts Your Self-Esteem

The Neighbors are so appreciative. Being appreciated builds your self-esteem. What our volunteers tell us.

3. Something Meaningful to Do

Retired folks and people without fulfilling jobs can find fulfillment volunteering.

Learn from volunteer,  Shannon Wiens.

5. Meet Very Interesting People

Some of the neighbors have done very interesting things in their lives.

6. Get to know your way around your town, the Verde Valley, Northern Arizona.

The Verde Valley is full of beautiful and interesting neighborhoods drivers are able to explore.

7. Keeps you feeling younger

Telling people, "Well, I'm going to work today." makes you feel younger.

8. Flexibility of scheduling

Schedule exactly when you want to volunteer, as much or as little. "You can always fit this in."

9. You want to give back

People who feel they have been fortunate in life, volunteer as a means to pay back for their good fortune.

10. You want to pay it forward

We all face the uncertainty of what we will experience in old age. Volunteers sometimes become neighbors.

Reason 1

Make a difference in your community

  

VVCC is a network of people helping neighbors. As our population ages, every year there is an increasing need for assistance to elderly who want to stay in their own homes. At some point in time, most can no longer drive themselves. Without a convenient transit system, getting to medical appointments and running basic errands, such as grocery shopping, can be impossible. 


VVCC fills this gap by providing over 2,200 older adults and adults with disabilities with transportation, shopping assistance, friendly visits, handyperson help and other services to help them stay in their own homes. Volunteer, John Wozniak, shares the importance of this goal to him. “Anything to help people stay in their own homes. It breaks my heart to see people sitting around in care centers.” He says, “neighbors are very gracious and very grateful.” He finds the work “very fulfilling”. 

Volunteer, John Wozniak

John Wozniak drives and provides handyman services to help with home maintenance.

Reason 2

Helping Others Boosts Your Self-Esteem

After interviewing several volunteers for VVCC one phrase was repeated over and over. “The neighbors are so appreciative.” Being appreciated is very good for a person’s self-esteem. At VVCC appreciation comes, not only from the neighbors, but from the staff. 


All requests for services come to the Call Center. Call Center staff call volunteers to find one who has the capability and availability to fill the request. It is not an easy job. Often several calls may need to be made before finding an available volunteer. Therefore, Call Center staff very much appreciate the volunteer that says, “Yes, I can do that.” 


Volunteers tell us that, “Call Center staff are delightful people and easy to work with.” 

Call Center specialist

Call Center specialist, Jan.

Reason 3

Something Meaningful to Do

Many volunteers at VVCC are retired. Shannon Wiens, for example, says after a couple of months, “life was becoming boring.” She heard about VVCC and decided to give driving for VVCC a try. In her very first experience the neighbor was so pleasant and appreciative that Shannon has continued driving ever since, about four years.

Says Shannon, “You get a lot more out of volunteering than you put in.”

Volunteer shopping for a neighbor.

Shannon shops for neighbor, Sofia.

Reason 4

Helping Others Makes You Feel Good

Deb Schwartz has been driving for VVCC for 12 years. She started when she retired and needed “something worthwhile to do with my time.” She drives neighbors to appointments, takes them shopping or does shopping for them, and a couple times a month she helps “Boots,” who is over 100 and has limited vision. Deb provides business assistance, helping him with his mail and bills. 

What does Deb get out of her time volunteering? “It feels so good to help others.” This observation is echoed by other volunteers. One volunteer, who has a friend that complains and is unhappy, says, “Do something for somebody else and you’ll feel better.”

Deb Schwartz helping Boots with his mail.

Deb and Boots.