The Value of Volunteering

Research on the benefits of service for volunteers

Published by Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity, like many other nonprofit organizations, relies on volunteers to achieve its mission. Volunteers play key roles across the scope of nonprofit work, from working in offices to supporting programming in communities.

Volunteering can also take many different forms, from long-term volunteering to virtual volunteering and more.

The value that volunteering brings to the organizations served is well-known, but the impact of volunteering doesn’t stop there. Although many people are motivated by a sense of altruism, the volunteers themselves walk away with benefits.

Research has shown that volunteering is associated with improved health and well-being, including increased longevity, adoption of healthy lifestyles and reduction in depression and stress. The service volunteers provide also goes on to benefit the communities in which they live and serve.

This evidence brief:

  • Explores behaviors and trends in volunteers and types of volunteering.
  • Features the benefits of volunteering to individuals.
  • Illustrates how volunteering benefits local communities.
  • Highlights how volunteers help Habitat.