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Benefits of Volunteering (to the individual volunteer)

Articles/excerpts on this subject

Free electronic books on this subject

The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research
from the Corporation for National and Community Service (20-page PDF, 2007)

Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself? By Stephan Meier and Alois Stutzer; academic research study from the Institute of Empirical Research in Economics at the University of Zurich ( 34-page PDF, 2004)

Valuing Volunteering – A Route to Professional Development, by Petra Cook and Nicky Jackson. Explores how volunteering can help to develop the critical professional management skills of working with people who have different timeframes, values and interests.  It assesses the personal experiences of senior managers and also their views on volunteering in their capacity as employers. The study also examines the views and actual experiences of returned VSO (UK) volunteers. (24-page PDF, 2006)

Volunteering and Mental Health: A Review of the Literature
Prepared for the Social Exclusion Unit (UK) by the
Institute for Volunteering Research, this 22-page PDF reviews the available literature on adult mental health and volunteering, focusing on studies identifying the benefits to be gained from volunteering by people with mental health problems.

Web sites with information on this subject

Volunteer Work and Well-Being
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11467248?dopt=Abstract

Summaries and links to research articles on this subject, from the US National Institutes of Health.

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