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Arizona Russian Festival would not be possible without help of many volunteers. We depend greatly on help of many generous people who volunteer their time and energy to making this fun event successful. Our festival has many volunteer opportunities to help us with planning, preparation, and working at the event. We cordially invite people of all ages and all skill levels to participate in this fun and unique event. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Julia Stepanova at julia@arizonarussianfestival.org  or 602-312-3422.

If you would like to be a part of this affair, here’s some ways you can help us:

  • Stay in touch and spread the word about us.
  • Become a volunteer. We need people of all ages and all skill levels.
  • If you are a performer or an artist, or have any other talent, and would like to participate in the event, and demonstrate your talent, we would like to hear from you.
  • If you are a business owner and would like to spread the word about your company at our fun event, we can offer you different sponsorship levels and packages.
  • Become a friend of the festival as a private sponsor.
  • Come celebrate with us, bring your friends and cameras along, and be ready to make a lot of new acquaintances and have fun. 

Volunteering is not only good for your soul, it could also stave off heart disease…

  • Volunteers have healthier cardiovascular systems
  • Heart health improves after 10 weeks’ volunteering
  • The most empathetic see the greatest health benefits
  • Older volunteers are less likely to be depressed

Being a volunteer is good for the heart as well as the soul, claim researchers. A new study shows even at a young age, people who volunteer have healthier cardiovascular systems that could stave off heart disease. The study found improvements in several measurements of heart health among volunteers after just 10 weeks of taking part in community programmes.

Even at a young age, people who volunteer have healthier cardiovascular systemsExperts say the research adds to evidence that giving time and energy to help others not only makes people feel good, it has a positive effect on physical wellbeing.

Researcher Hannah Schreier, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said: ‘The volunteers who reported the greatest increases in empathy, altruistic behaviour and mental health were the ones who also saw the greatest improvements in their cardiovascular health.’

Dr Schreier led the study looking at the effect of volunteering on adolescents’ physical health while working at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The study involved 106 teenagers from an urban, inner-city Vancouver high school who were split into two groups – a group that volunteered regularly for 10 weeks and a group that was wait-listed for volunteer activities.

The researchers measured the students’ body mass index (BMI), inflammation levels – which affect heart health – and cholesterol scores before and after the study.

They also assessed the students’ self-esteem, mental health, mood, and empathy, says a report published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics (must credit).

The volunteer group of students spent one hour per week working with elementary school children in after-school programs in their neighborhood. After 10 weeks they had lower levels of inflammation and cholesterol and lower BMIs than the students who were wait-listed.

Dr Schreier said: ‘It was encouraging to see how a social intervention to support members of the community also improved the health of adolescents.’

She said the first signs of heart disease can begin to appear during adolescence, and previous studies show that psychosocial factors, such as stress, depression and wellbeing, play a role in its development.

Older people who volunteer to help others are less depressed, have a better quality of life and are happier with their lives as a result

The study follows a survey last year by the UK charity WRVS which found being an older volunteer is good for your health. Older people who volunteer to help others are less depressed, have a better quality of life and are happier with their lives as a result.

Those who take part in more volunteering activities, more frequently, boost happiness levels even further, with volunteers gaining improvements in depression levels, quality of life and life satisfaction over the following two years.

~ By Jenny Hope

If you would like to participate in our exciting event, please fill out volunteer registration form below.

2013 Volunteer Registration Form