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The Top 10 Surprising Benefits of Community Service and Volunteering

The Top 10 Surprising Benefits of Community Service and Volunteering

Community service and volunteering are more than just ways to give back to society. They unlock a realm of benefits for both the individual volunteer and the community at large. Dive in as we explore the top 10 unexpected benefits that might inspire you to engage in these fulfilling activities.

1. Psychological Benefits

Engaging in community service brings immense psychological benefits. It contributes to enhanced mood and reduced stress levels. Volunteering has been linked to the release of the body’s natural mood enhancer — endorphins — creating a “helper’s high.”

2. Social Benefits

Volunteering fosters social interaction and helps build a network of supportive relationships. The social benefits of community service and volunteering are instrumental in enhancing interpersonal skills and creating meaningful connections. Explore more about building a stronger community by exploring the social impact of volunteering.

3. Health Enhancements

The health benefits of community service and volunteering are significant. Regular volunteers report lower stress levels, and volunteering activities often involve physical tasks beneficial for overall well-being.

4. Community Improvement

How does community service benefit the community? By addressing its specific needs, fostering a sense of unity, and improving the lives of its residents. You can learn more about local nonprofits making a difference in the Washington, DC, area that exemplify this impact.

5. Cognitive Advancements

The cognitive benefits of volunteer work include enhanced problem-solving skills, adaptability, and creativity, making volunteering a brain-boosting activity.

6. Skill Development

Volunteering can be a pathway to acquiring new skills or honing existing ones. Discover more on how volunteering can teach you valuable skills.

7. Business Prospects

Businesses also thrive through community involvement, experiencing enhanced brand image and customer loyalty. Learn more about the business benefits of community service.

8. Cultural Sensitivity

Community service offers a platform for interacting with diverse groups, promoting cultural sensitivity and mutual understanding.

9. Promotion of Civic Responsibility

Community service fosters a sense of civic responsibility and belonging, encouraging citizens to be more active in their communities. For unique ways to get involved, check out these community service opportunities for DC residents.

10. Life Satisfaction

Ultimately, the benefits of volunteering culminate in heightened life satisfaction, a sense of purpose, and a boost in overall happiness.

Community service and volunteering are not just altruistic acts — they are gateways to numerous benefits that enrich both personal lives and communities. By embracing these activities, we can foster a society woven with compassion, mutual understanding, and a shared sense of responsibility. Find inspiration in creating meaningful connections through community service and helping others.


Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

Weekly Menu

Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.