As I look forward to the coming year and the events that will unfold, I think about how much of our success is due to volunteer help both at our office and events. Volunteering is something that has been the lifeblood of RHA since its beginning in 1927. The Board of Directors are all volunteers giving of their time and expertise in a multitude of ways. While working on writing this month’s message, I did some research into the benefits of volunteering. It’s a pretty simple thing to do. Just Google benefits of volunteering and then start reading. You will find that it relieves stress and is a great way to meet new people. It strengthens your ties to your community, and broadens your support network. It also exposes you to people with common interests and resources. Another benefit is that it gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills. There are a myriad of other benefits that you can learn about and experience through volunteering. So I encourage you to look into the volunteering opportunities offered with RHA Oregon whether it is helping with events, at the office, or serving on a committee or on the board.