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Volunteering Is Good For Community, Health

By Jessie Gurner

Next Saturday, June 28, the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary will host Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in City Park. For anyone who isn’t sure which park is which, City Park is the one with the gazebo in the north part of Water Valley and is bordered by Central, North Main, South Court and North Court streets.  

The Junior Auxiliary will offer arts and crafts, the Rotary Club will provide snacks, Burns Law Firm will offer drinks, Renasant Bank will have popcorn, the Main Street Association will have activities (similar to Founders Day),the Water Valley Police Department will do fingerprinting, the Mechanics Bank will have a blow up slide and the Water Valley cheerleaders will be on hand to do face painting.

If you are interested in participating or would like to make a donation for Art in the Park please contact JA member Tiffany Webb at 514-4868.

The Water Valley Junior Auxiliary has a long history of service to our community.  They are a volunteer organization that focuses on children. Their logo is a crown and the five jewels on the crown symbolize charity, youth, health, leadership and service.

The women in this group give of their time, talents, and resources to enrich the lives of children in our area and make our community a better place.

Water Valley has numerous groups that provide services to our community for a wide variety of interests. Now it turns out that volunteering isn’t just good for the community it’s also good for your health.

According to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteers help themselves to better health while helping others.

The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report showed that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.  

“Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger,” said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation. “More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits.”

The Health Benefits of Volunteering documents major findings from more than 30 studies that reviewed the relationship between health and volunteering, with particular emphasis on studies that seek to determine the causal connection between the two factors. The studies, which were controlled for other factors, found that volunteering leads to improved physical and mental health.

For information about civic and charitable organizations in Water Valley contact Bonnie Cox at the Chamber of Commerce at 473-1122 and wvchamber@bellsouth.net.

For more information about becoming a volunteer of the Water Valley Main Street Association you can contact Nell Jobe, chairman of the WVMSA Organization committee at:

njobe@MechanicsBankMS.com.     The WVMSA office number is 473-3796. The office email is Jessie.Gurner@WaterValleyMainStreet.com or you can find information on the WVMSA website at www.WaterValleyMainStreet.com.

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