For many of us, the turning of the calendar is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. If you’re looking for a way to jump-start your year, volunteering through Buckner International in Texas could be just what you need. But you don’t have to take my word for it. It’s science. For example: Looking to make new friends? Volunteering is proven to expand your social network, providing a common point through which you can bond with others. Individuals and groups with similar interests – a desire to help others, concern for vulnerable families and a strong faith foundation – are often drawn to serving through Buckner International. Their desire to put others first creates a fun and inviting group of people who work together to change lives. Social bonds decrease loneliness and social isolation. They also increase friend circles. Doesn’t everyone want friends? Looking for a sense of purpose? Volunteering is shown to boost confidence and self esteem as well as encourage a sense of purpose in life. Buckner volunteers are positioned to make a significant difference in the lives of those they serve, so they see the impact their efforts have. Discover your purpose as you help others discover theirs. Looking for health? Long-term volunteering has long-term health effects, including longer, healthier living, possible lower risk of dementia and graceful aging. Regardless of the study you look at, volunteers are shown to benefit mentally and physically from serving others. Volunteering gives individuals perspective on life, improves how people feel about themselves and reinforces healthy behaviors.