Purpose: To assess the impact of community service on personal wellbeing in a mid-west church-based population. Methods: A prospective survey evaluating: self-reported community service, the perceived beneﬁt of the service and its association to personal wellbeing. Results: 309 participants were included of whom 92% were employed full or part time, homemakers or students. Those who served in some capacity had better scores on ﬁve Wellbeing questions including: contentment, peace, joy, purpose and community acceptance (P<0.02), but not better self-perceived mental or physical health (P>0.05). People who served had a better combined Wellbeing score than those who could not serve (P=0.03). A higher number of hours served/week was associated with better Global Wellbeing (P=0.02). The greatest perceived beneﬁt of service was related to enhancing wellbeing of others and the service organization itself (P<0.0001). Conclusions: Church going adults, who are serving in some capacity in their church or community, may demonstrate heightened personal wellbeing compared to those who are not assisting others.
Community Service and Wellbeing – Summary