Volunteering is good for the soul, Stevenson says

melanie stevenson sizedMelanie Stevenson, an office services specialist in UAB Highlands Perioperative Administration, volunteers as a Hands on Birmingham project coordinator for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and for Habitat for Humanity.

“Community service is a big part of my family members’ lives,” Stevenson said. “My first volunteer experience was during the summer at the American Red Cross when I was in middle school, and as a candy striper at Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic.” 

Stevenson is one of the UAB employees we’re spotlighting during National Volunteer Week to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to contribute in their communities. It’s needed now more than ever. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals barely one in four people did volunteer work in 2013, and rates were less than one in five among those ages 20-24.

“Volunteering enables you to have a better sense of community by working closely with neighbors and friends,” Stevenson said. “This helps to build a strong community bond and pride.”

Find volunteer opportunities through Hands On Birmingham, which connects people with organized and meaningful opportunities to improve their community.

“I benefit tremendously from volunteering,” Stevenson said. “It is good for the soul and helps to forge a stronger bond within our family and community.”

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We want to inspire and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to use their time and talents to serve others and celebrate the service of those who do. Tell us your story.

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