Family Service Foundation, Inc

Spread the Cheer and Volunteer this Holiday Season

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How can you spread the joy of the holiday season? By volunteering!

The rapid pace of modern life can make finding the time to volunteer seem impossible. However, volunteering offers numerous benefits for you, your family, and your community. It can reduce stress, help you make friends, engage you in a community, help you learn valuable skills, and even potentially advance your career. Giving to others can help bolster your physical and mental health as well by lessening anxiety and stress. Learn more about the many benefits of helping others and find tips on getting started volunteering below.

The Many Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering allows you to lend a hand where it’s needed most. You help people in need, worthwhile causes, and your community by volunteering.  Volunteering also helps you reduce stress, alleviate depression, keeps you mentally stimulated, and provides a sense of purpose. While volunteering more makes the world a better place and is even effective self care, it doesn’t always require a long term commitment or a lot of time.       

Volunteering and The Happiness Effect

Helping others sparks great happiness, as has been seen in numerous studies. Researchers at the London School of Economics found that the more people get involved in volunteering, the happier they are overall. When compared to those that have never volunteered, monthly volunteers have 7% higher odds of being very happy. These odds raise to 12% amongst those who volunteer every two to four weeks, and weekly volunteers clock in at a whopping 16%.  

Tips For Getting Started

When considering getting started volunteering, it’s best to get involved in something which suits your personality and interests. Asking yourself these questions will help you narrow it down and pick something which you are truly interested in and you will find fulfilling, which can seem tricky at first, as there are an overwhelming number of organizations out there.

-Do I want to make my immediate surroundings better?  

-Do I want to meet diverse people?

-Do I want to try something new?

-Do I want to do something enjoyable with my spare time?

-Do I want to have the opportunity for brand new experiences?

-Do I want to try out something I may potentially want to do full time later?

-Do I want to do develop skills I already have?

Welcome to Family Service Foundation, Inc.!

Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps Maryland residents across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and provides interpretation for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more about cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities, visit here.

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At Family Service Foundation (FSF), a social services organization in Baltimore, Maryland, we are dedicated to providing advocacy and support to individuals with mental and physical disabilities that have recently left inpatient settings. Integration back into the community can be difficult; for that reason, each member of our team works to provide services specifically tailored to each individual and family that we work with. We believe that all individuals can achieve their highest levels of social, physical, and emotional well-being in the community when they have the proper support. FSF specializes in serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also have American Sign Language interpreters on staff at all of our locations for the convenience of our Deaf and hard of hearing clients. For more information about The Family Service Foundation, please visit our website at or give us a call at 301-459-2121.
5301 76th Ave
Landover Hills