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Become Happier By Volunteering

Advance With MUSC Health
March 09, 2023
Hiba Zebian

Serving others has so many benefits for everyone in the community, especially the person volunteering. The feeling of “doing good” for others, and the community, provides a natural sense of accomplishment.

In this article, MUSC Health Florence volunteer services manager Hiba Zebian explains how volunteering your time is one of the most powerful ways to make a difference. It makes you happier and gives you a sense of purpose.

The Benefits of Volunteering

For young people, volunteering strengthens their resume’, especially if their work experience is limited. It adds variety and value, builds confidence, and provides valuable connections and references.

For seniors, volunteering has many physical and mental benefits. The feeling of loneliness is a common problem faced by seniors. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Volunteering activities can shorten the course of depression for seniors who volunteer by building connections and meeting new friends. Volunteering can positively reinforce health and happiness and act as a safeguard to fight depression.

According to a study published by the American Psychological Association's Psychology and Aging journal, seniors who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension or high blood pressure by 40 percent. Positive lifestyle factors like volunteer work could actually reduce disease risk and give older adults an example of something they can actively do to age healthily and successfully.

Volunteering at MUSC Health

At MUSC Health, we welcome volunteers from all age groups, different backgrounds, and cultures. We offer endless volunteering opportunities for everyone.
Adult volunteers can serve in various departments such as Medical Records, Quality, Nutrition, Nursing floors, Information Desk, and Central Registration. Volunteers are assigned according to their area of interest and are asked to volunteer for four hours a week.

MUSC Health, including Charleston division, Florence Medical Center and Marion Medical Center, offer a Pet Therapy Program for our patients and care team members. Trained Pet Therapists and their humans are welcome to join in and be a part of the program.

Teen Volunteers at MUSC Health

Teenagers also have a volunteer program during the summer. The four-week program usually takes place in June and July. Teens should be 14 years old by June 1st of the same year. This program helps them gain soft skills while volunteering and making new friends.

Volunteer with MUSC Health

MUSC Health volunteers contribute their time and talent to help create the best experience for our patients, families, and care team members through inspiring hope and delivering happiness.

If you’re looking for a fun place to both volunteer and gain meaningful skills, join the MUSC Health volunteer program.

The Volunteer Services Department can be reached at 843-674-2975 or