From the Office of Kilpatrick and Hart: The Benefits of Community Service

Thanks to the help of people who donate their time in providing unpaid service, civic and nonprofit organizations fill a number of unmet needs, and communities are strengthened. As a result, everybody benefits, and often it is the volunteer who reaps the most benefits of all.

Volunteering provides a way for people to reach out, make new friends, and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment. The Corporation for National and Community Service notes that volunteering leads to reduced stress, lower rates of depression, increased physical health, and lower incidences of disease. The benefits of volunteering are compounded for people over the age of 60.

For young people, the benefits of community service are especially great. According to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, young people who volunteer at least one hour per week believe they have a positive impact on their community. As a result, they are 50 percent less likely to smoke, drink, use drugs, or become involved in other destructive behaviors. They learn leadership and job skills, and are more likely to succeed in school. Thus, volunteering is a win-win situation for everybody involved.

In business since the 1980s, Kilpatrick and Hart Ltd, Inc. are experts in commercial financing, functioning as commercial loan specialists both nationally and internationally. Management and staff are actively involved in a number of community and nonprofit organizations, including the Caring Hearts Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Better Business Bureau.

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