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The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research


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.

CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Healthy Futures
Age(s) Studied: 
18-25 (Young adult)
26-55 (Adult)
55+ (Older adult)
Outcomes Category(s): 
Benefit to National Service Member/Volunteer
Study Type(s): 
Review or Meta-Analysis
Study Design(s): 
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Year Published: 
Date Posted Online: 
February 16, 2016
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