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Ever thought of volunteering? The city of Palmdale continues with its Season of Service programs, and will host its fourth Community Volunteer Resource Fair tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center court of the Antelope Valley Mall, 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd.

“Stop by and visit with local agencies to learn about volunteer, donation and engagement opportunities,” said Trish Jones, community programs coordinator. “Exhibitors will emphasize volunteer positions, student service hour opportunities and service project ideas.”

To volunteer at a recognizable organization, such as the American Red Cross or a shelter for the homeless, or even an animal shelter, has various benefits. According to Help Guide (www.helpguide.org) to volunteer in the community can have health benefits.

“Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. Working with pets and other animals has also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.”

But besides the health benefits and the search for a purpose, volunteer work can also help boost the resume and a future career. According to Help Guide, to volunteer helps develop new social skills.

“If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization.”

But most importantly, volunteer work also helps boost the self-esteem and confidence. Before you decide what volunteer work is right for you, ask yourself, what kind of volunteer work you’d like to do. Such as, improve the community by helping out at a nearby homeless shelter. Or if you love animals, but can’t have any, most animal shelters are in need for volunteers to walk the dogs and overall spend time with the animals.

There’s also volunteer work that involves canvassing to help political campaigns gain supporters. And then there’s the abroad-volunteer opportunities, where you travel with like-minded individuals from all over the world, to help communities with water supply, clothing, and education. In return, you gain new experiences, and learn to be responsible.

The participating agencies for this event, include Alternatives to Violence Project, the American Red Cross, AV Fairy Godmother Project, CHIRLA, City of Palmdale, Forget Us Not Community

Services, Friends of the Palmdale City Library, Green Thumb, Lange Foundation Safety Net Program, NAMI Antelope Valley, Palmdale Animal Care Center, Palmdale City Library, Palmdale

Sports/Recreation, Saddle Up Therapeutic Riding Stable, South Antelope Valley Emergency 9SAVES), Valley Oasis, and Vets 4 Veterans.

For more information, call (661) 267-5473