UNC Health Talk

The Mental and Social Benefits of Volunteering

Post by Kerry Grace Heckle, Director of Community Relations and PR at Rex Healthcare.

As Raleigh turns its eyes to the Rex Hospital Open next month, May 22-25 at TPC at Wakefield Plantation, the tournament would not be possible without the help of over 400 volunteers. The volunteers are the glue that holds the tournament together- they dedicate countless hours in over 15 different committees that attribute to much of the success of the Rex Hospital Open.

So why volunteer?

Similng golf players in a golf cart
Happy volunteers at TPC at Wakefield Plantation

Dedicating your time as a volunteer is a great way to make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

phone-line volunteer for TPC at Wakefield
Phone-line volunteer for the TPC at Wakefield Plantation

Volunteering is both good for your body and mind. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Doing good for others and the community provides a natural sense of accomplishment. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments.

Volunteering at the Rex Open comes with a lot of perks in addition to the health benefits listed above! So what does a Volunteer for the Rex Hospital Open receive?

  • Smiling Volunteers with perks for service
    Volunteers for TPC at Wakefield Plantation with great perks!

    One Tournament polo shirt

  • One Tournament ball cap or visor
  • Free breakfast and lunch on the days that you volunteer
  • Tournament Volunteer badge, which is good all week for free admittance
  • Up to six free weekly Guest badges- give to family or friends
  • Free parking in the volunteer parking lot with frequent shuttles to and from the course
  • And one voucher for a free round of golf at TPC at Wakefield Plantation (cart fee not included) if you work three or more shifts!

Volunteers are still needed for the Rex Hospital Open and we want you to join us!  Please visit the tournament website www.rexhospitalopen.com/volunteer for more information and to sign-up.

Hope to see you there!

Sandtrap and gallery at TPC at Wakefield Plantation
TPC at Wakefield Plantation