St Mary’s Sporting Club is run by volunteers and without the support of the many volunteers we have year in and out we would find it very difficult to run the Club.
- Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer – doctors should recommend it.
- 96% of volunteers say that it “makes people happier”.
- 95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.
- Volunteering results in a “helper’s high”, a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
- Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.
- Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.
- Altruistic emotions and behaviours are associated with greater well-being, health, and longevity.
- A strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness, health, and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities.
- The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement.
- Volunteering is highly associated with greater health and happiness.
- Volunteers contribute $200 billion to the Australian economy annually.
- The number of volunteers in Australia has doubled from 1995 (3.2 million) to 2010 (6.1 million).
- The rate of volunteering by young people in Australia increased from 16% in 1995 to 27.1% in 2010.
- Of the 600,000 not for profit organisations in Australia only 60,000 have paid staff.