Welcome to the Volunteer Cochise page!
Volunteer Cochise is a program sponsored by Cochise Health & Social Services with the goal of encouraging residents to volunteer in their local communities.
We believe having active communities with a sense of purpose and improvement leads to healthier lifestyles for all our citizens.
As part of this new program, Cochise County employees are being asked to consider ways they can give back to the communities they serve throughout the region. And we are encouraging our friends, neighbors, and other community members to join us.
There are many ways you can volunteer your time and energy to help enhance the health of Cochise County. You could volunteer to:
- Read to children in your local school
- Walk dogs at an animal shelter
- Distribute food at a food bank
- Work in a community garden
- Deliver meals to housebound seniors
- Coach a youth sports team
Not sure how to spend your volunteer time? We have partnered with the Volunteer Program at the Cooperative Extension University of Arizona to help provide you with some inspiration. You can find out more about the opportunities they offer by calling (520) 458-8278 x2187 or visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/volunteersforextension/
The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona also has a comprehensive community resource guide, which includes a detailed list of non-profits and organizations that work with volunteers. You can view the guide at https://www.lfsaz.org/resource-guide.html
JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in their community, including in Cochise County.
Did you know volunteering can help you feel healthier and happier by:
- Connecting you to others
- Improving your mind and body
- Advancing your career
- Bringing fun and fulfillment
Connecting you to others
A great way to make new friends is to connect with a group of people who are committed to a shared activity. It also strengthens your ties to your community, especially if you are new to an area, and broadens your support network, as well as improving social skills.
Improving your mind and body
Volunteering can help reduce the impacts of stress, anger and anxiety, especially when you establish a meaningful contact with another person. It can combat depression through regular social contact, increase your happiness through helping others, boost your self-confidence by providing a sense of accomplishment, and help you stay healthy.
Advancing your career
Volunteering can help you gain new skills in a number of areas, including teamwork, communications, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization – all useful skills for the workplace.
Bringing fun and fulfillment
Looking for new interests and passions? Volunteering can help you discover renewed creativity, motivation and vision, which can be carried over into your professional and personal life. Think about what you would enjoy doing. The opportunities that match your goals and interests are more likely to bring you fun and fulfillment.
Want more info on how to find the right volunteer opportunity? Visit https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm