New benefit of volunteering

New benefit of volunteering

Have you ever volunteered?


Would you consider it?


Peter Feige says he went from having to volunteer in high school, to wanting to volunteer in university.


"I booked extra shifts during exam week as a de-stresser," says the University of Ottawa student who's doing his masters in cellular and molecular medicine with hopes of becoming a pediatrician.


Feige volunteers at Roger's House, a hospice that provides support to families of children living with life limiting illnesses.


His job as a volunteer is to provide respite care to the families: playing with the kids while the parents take time off, listening to parents and helping families feel comfortable.


"It's more rewarding than sitting at home watching a movie, playing videos games or doing nothing with your time. It's a very small commitment that you get a huge amount out of."


There are numerous studies that have looked at the benefits of volunteering, like the connections between volunteerism and mental and physical health. Recently Feige discovered another benefit that he could cash in on, so to speak.

 

Peter Feige
Peter Feige (right) with fellow volunteer at Roger's House

 

Feige won a bid to have this article written about him through a new online auction company called Time Auction. Time Auction asks people to bid their time, instead of money, on experiential items like an interview for this article or tickets to see Steven and Chris.


"I thought it would be a good chance to get Roger's House's name out ... There's always more room for more volunteers," says Feige.


Time Auction started in 2007 as a live auction at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. It raised 705 volunteer hours. A few months ago, they moved their concept online and raised 8000 volunteer hours, including Feige's 15 volunteer hours for this article.


Feige hopes more people will support Time Auction and organizations like Roger's House. If not for the cause, for the value you can only earn through volunteering.


"It feels like a privilege. You have the chance to have the best four hours of your life or the most meaningful four hours of your life."

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