Over the past two decades, a growing body of research indicates that volunteering provides not just social benefits, but individual health benefits as well. This research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortali-ty rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

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Program/Intervention
Volunteering
Age(s) Studied
18-25 (Young adult)
26-55 (Adult)
55+ (Older adult)
Outcome Category
Benefit to national service members/volunteers
Study Type(s)
Review or Meta-Analysis
Study Design(s)
Non-Experimental
Researcher/Evaluator
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Published Year
2007