Category Archives: volunteering

Benefits of Having a Community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people experienced feelings of isolation and anxiety, and communities played a vital role in helping them manage their mental health.

Communities are often about relationships with other people and a sense of connectedness. Being in a community can help people manage their mental health.

One of the ways to strengthen mental health is by building a community. Creating spaces where people can talk openly and safely can help them manage their mental health.

  1. A network of support

Being a part of a community can help people feel supported and connected to others. It can also improve their overall well-being.

  1. Career development

Professional communities can also help drive performance and growth. ERGs can help develop leaders and attract and retain talented individuals.

  1. A greater sense of purpose

Being in a community can also help people feel more fulfilled and secure. Having a strong sense of purpose can help people live longer.

  1. Stress alleviation

Being in a community can help people feel happy and engaged. It can also help lower anxiety and stress.

  1. Fresh perspectives and ideas

Being in a community allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who share similar interests and perspectives.

  1. Decision-making

The power of a strong community comes from mutual trust and respect, which can help people feel more engaged and confident in their organizations.

  1. More effective communication skills

Developing strong relationships with other community members is an important part of a community.

  1. Better resilience

Being in a community can also help people manage their resiliency. It provides a safe space to address their concerns and needs.

How to Start Building Your Community

Communities can take many shapes, and they can be formed on the basis of shared interests, geographic location, or identity.

Being in a community provides people with a variety of social connections and supports them in finding new ways to live.

The importance of community can lift the spirits of those on your team and help them overcome their obstacles.

The beauty of community is that it can be done by everyone. Participating can enrich your life and help build stronger communities.

This article was originally published on DrLoriGoreGreen.org

Donations as Holiday Gifts

During the holiday season, you might have family and friends that are tough to shop for. You want to make sure that you can give them holiday fits that are meaningful for years to come.

For some, the right gift can be a donation to others in their name. These are just some kinds of donations you can give to others as a holiday gift.

Local Organizations

An issue might be happening in your family or friend’s local area that they want to get better. Donating to a local organization in their name can be a great way to get some help.

When you donate in their name, your family member or friend should receive some feedback about their donation. They will also learn more about how they can start donating their own money or helping out by volunteering.

International Causes

Every year, many organizations raise millions of dollars to help out causes people around the world have to deal with. This can include charities for cancer, poverty, other diseases, and more.

By sending out a donation in someone else’s name, you’re helping stamp their name as someone helping out a good cause. This can be a great thing to look back at when their money eventually helps eradicate or greatly reduce the threat of that issue.

Emergency Causes

Sometimes, an emergency might strike that requires a lot of money to be raised suddenly. People who help out these causes can be remembered in books as people who stepped up during a time where people needed donations.

When an emergency like that is on people’s minds during Christmas, you might want to make others feel better about what they are doing for a good cause. That’s why you should think about giving out donations in the names of your family members and friends during these difficult times, allowing them to show their support in the books.

Just make sure you give some contact information with those donations for those in your life who like to give. Charitable organizations like to follow up to talk about how additional donations can help them cover certain products and services or they might even ask if they are interested in helping out with any volunteering opportunities.

This article was originally published on DrLoriGore-Green.com

The Connection Between Gender and Medical Debt 

March 24, 2021 by Dr. Lori Gore-Green (Edit)

 The current economic situation in the United States caused by the Coronavirus pandemic’s effects makes access to quality health care difficult for most women, leading to enormous debts. The medical issues can range from inability to pay for emergency medical charges to the gradual pileup of a debt that can lead to bankruptcy and debtors’ collections. If the government fails to intervene, this issue could escalate to an extent where female patients would feel overburdened.

 According to a survey done last year, half of the women in the U.S. shared concern that it could render them bankrupt in the event of a significant health situation compared to a similar survey done in 2019 where only 47% were concerned. By February of this year, the percentage shot to 73%. The reason behind this is that health insurance covers have significantly been reduced, and the insurance premiums, coinsurance, and deductibles that consumers pay directly from their pockets have risen in recent years. The result is that even with an excellent insurance cover, women can still get large bills in the sudden event of an accident or illness, regardless of whether they receive their health insurance through the government or from the employer. It is not a surprise that women who do not have insurance have immense medical debts. 

 The wage difference between women and men could also be a reason for this vast debt gap. A survey conducted recently shows that women earn 80-82 cents for every dollar earned by men. When the covid-19 pandemic started to hit America, many women lost their jobs and health insurance. A report done in December 2020 showed that women accounted for the 140000 jobs lost. A similar report by the National Women’s Law Center indicated that about 5.4 million of the 9.8 million jobs lost in 2020 were women.

 Black and Latina women working in the restaurants, retail, and other hospitality sectors were laid off when most businesses were locked down and closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused alarm to most Americans who fear getting medical treatment to avoid huge medical bills. Evidence shows that medical debt has increased sharply during the pandemic. A recent survey showed that most individuals would not visit a healthcare institution for even diagnosis.

Living Well With Menopause

 During the years leading up to and shortly after menopause, women experience hormonal fluctuations that impact their physical and emotional health. While some women hardly notice the changes, others are plagued with mood swings, hot flashes, and disrupted sleep that makes life more challenging. Living well with menopause is as simple as finding the coping strategies that work for each woman’s individual needs.

 Find Ways to Manage Hot Flashes

 Feeling the heat creeping up their neck can make women wonder if everyone else notices their rising temperature. Hot flashes can occur multiple times a day, but they tend only to last a few minutes. Women can dress in layers to have more control over their body temperature. It is also essential to drink water to keep their bodies hydrated.

 Take Steps to Address Vaginal Dryness and Incontinence

 Changes in a woman’s sexual health can be especially challenging to deal with during menopause. Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to disrupt a woman’s relationships. Instead, women can use lubricants to overcome this common issue. Women may also take oral supplements of vitamin E or flaxseed oil to encourage their body to produce more moisture. There are many treatment options available today for women with incontinence, and doing Kegel exercises is an excellent place to start with strengthening weakened muscles.

 Make Stress-Reduction a Priority

 This tends to be an emotional time for women. Not only is dealing with the physical symptoms demanding on a woman’s time and patience, but some women might also be grappling with accepting their new stage in life. Some women might grieve no longer being able to conceive having children or losing their former physical appearance. Finding ways to manage stress helps them to maintain a more positive mindset. Women can prioritize relaxation by starting a meditation practice or journaling about their experiences. Practicing good sleep hygiene can help them to reduce the effects of insomnia on their mental alertness.

 While menopause may bring many changes to a woman’s health, there is a solution for every problem. Identifying ways to cope puts women in control over their health, making it easier for them to manage this significant transition. Being able to emerge on the other side of the menopausal process more substantial and more confident is a goal that every woman can achieve with proper self-care.

Ways To Help Out In Your Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting Americans in various ways and for extended periods of time, it’s quite possible that people in your community are struggling without you even realizing it. Many Americans have lost their job, making it difficult to pay bills. Others have lost loved ones or had to worry about elderly relatives or at-risk family members, or are at-risk themselves. You may realize this and decide to yourself that you’d like to help out where you can if you yourself are in a good position to do so. But what can you do? Here are a few great ways to volunteer in your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Check On Your Neighbors

A great place to start is by checking on your various neighbors and see if there’s anything you can do to help out. This can be especially helpful if you have elderly neighbors as well. See if they need anything, such as someone to do their grocery shopping for them or someone to deliver a package for them. When doing so, be sure to socially distance yourself from them by talking through screen doors or windows and staying at least six feet away from them. If you have their phone number or know of a way to contact them via the internet, that can be even better as it will completely eliminate any risk.

Donate

Donating can be another great way to help out your community during these difficult times. If you have a particular nonprofit you’re a fan of that has been doing good things for your community, a cash donation would likely be the best way to support their cause and in turn, help out in your own way. There’s also the option of donating to a food bank, as there are likely many people who are in need of meals right now.

Think About Essential Workers

While many places of business have shut down or begun working from home during the pandemic, there are still plenty of “essential workers” out on the front lines every day. Essential workers can include healthcare workers, grocery store workers, police officers, and much more. These people risk themselves and their families each day due to the nature of their role, so a great way to give back to your community is to be mindful of that. Be sure to be polite to the employees of your local grocery store, saying please and thank you as well as being patient. Ask members of your community if they’d like to pitch in to order food for healthcare workers in your local hospital as well, as they’ll surely appreciate it.

This article was originally published on DrLoriGoreGreen.net

Get Your Company More Involved With Community Service

Altruism is becoming so mainstream these days that people are using it as a metric when searching for employment since companies that encourage community participation are also known for a more open and friendly work culture, something many people seek in lieu of just a salary. Fortune even compiled a list of the 50 best places to work if you’re interested in giving back to your community. The yearly rankings are further broken down by demographic and/or industry, for those who want a more detailed list. There are many reasons to encourage charity among your employees and encourage a sense of community around a business.

Volunteering is good for people’s health. Research has shown that those who help their community feel less depressed and have a lower chance of developing age-related illnesses later in life. In addition, employees who get to spend time with their families are notoriously happier. Giving people the chance to bring family members along to help out with projects increases their quality home time. It’s also a great way to strengthen your business’ role in the community. The majority of your employees don’t just work in the community, they also live there, so it makes sense to use their abilities to benefit your company’s brand while also helping others.

There are many positive ways to encourage your employees to give back. The best advice is to find out what the vulnerabilities are that hold people back and then find ways to accommodate. For many employees, time and money are major issues. Either they don’t have free time to spend outside of the office to volunteer, or they can’t afford to take a day off work to help. Either offer paid time off for hours spent volunteering or the option to volunteer during work hours.

Sometimes a lack of communication and awareness are the only obstacles. If employees don’t know about opportunities, it’s a guarantee they aren’t going to sign up for them. Make sure you advertise all upcoming projects, as well as the benefits you’re offering, by using a medium such as a newsletter, group email or flyers displayed in prominent areas. Announcements during meetings are also a great way to get people excited and enthusiastic, especially if they sense your enthusiasm. Let people know which projects that management is excited about and lead by example because enthusiasm is contagious. Having people in one place and in-person is also a great time to solidify their commitment by passing around carpool and signup sheets.

Volunteering is also a great way to teach employees new life skills and offer career advancement. People who are involved in a hands-on project also feel a sense of ownership and pride which carries to all other aspects of their life, including work.

Assign project leaders or let groups decide. Make sure to emphasize each employee’s strengths.

It’s important to offer a variety of projects to stave off charity fatigue. Employees want to feel challenged and have a sense of accomplishment but they also want to have fun while helping out. Some people might also feel alienated if they cannot help with certain tasks such as physical labor, so diversifying your projects helps cater to everyone. For people who are time-challenged, make sure you offer a variety of project times and lengths to try and adhere to everyone’s individual schedules as much as you possibly can.

People really respond to recognition. Rewarding a team or an individual for their charitable contributions not only makes them feel like doing more, but it also makes other employees want to be recognized. Financial rewards are always appreciated but you should also let your employees know that your company recognizes volunteerism when raises and promotions are being evaluated.


Originally published at drlorigoregreen.net on December 12, 2018.