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Elizabeth Andrew once said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

Blue Zones Project Dodge County encourages individuals to get involved in the community and connect with others through volunteering.

Many organizations rely on a strong volunteer network to meet goals and fulfill their mission. Volunteer organizations in Dodge County serve the needs of people of all ages, places important to the community and causes that impact many people. Whether it’s opening a door or helping someone load their groceries, helping others is ingrained in many people. Volunteering is a way to satisfy that need to directly help and change someone’s life.

Not only is volunteering a way to contribute to the community, but it is associated with major health benefits. People who volunteer have lower rates of cancer, heart disease and depression. Plus, they have lower healthcare costs and report a higher sense of purpose and life satisfaction. When individuals volunteer they live longer, weigh less and have a stronger sense of purpose.

Blue Zones Project Dodge County invites volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties Nov. 4 in Juneau. One home has been dedicated in Juneau to an approved homeowner and a second home is underway. A third home is scheduled to begin next year.

Those who sign up to “Volunteer with Us” will learn new skills and connect with neighbors. Habitat for Humanity provides an orientation, tools, build training and safety equipment. Blue Zones Project will provide snacks and lunch. Please wear closed-toed shoes, T-shirt (short sleeves or longer) and dress appropriately for either outside or inside work.

Habitat’s mission is to create opportunities for all people to live in safe and affordable housing through building or renovating homes. They serve through the motto of offering a hand up rather than a handout. By utilizing volunteers and donated materials, Habitat provides no-interest loans to families for the amount it costs to build or repair a home. Loan repayments are used to continue building and renovating additional homes.

Learn more and sign up today at DodgeCounty.BlueZonesProject.com by clicking on Volunteer Today. Signing up will help ensure there are enough supplies ready for the volunteers.

Those who are seeking other opportunities to help the community can find different needs within the community and choose those based on skills or interests at VolunteerDodge.net.

Visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com, call 920-212-8511 or e-mail bluezonesprojectdodgecounty@sharecare.com with questions.

Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through improvements to a city’s environment, policies, and social networks. The project has been brought to Dodge County by Beaver Dam Community Hospital. Blue Zones Project is a division of Sharecare.