Toward the bottom of Time magazineís Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions list, is volunteering. Although resolving to volunteer isnít among the most popular resolutions, it can actually help achieve some of those other more popular resolutions relating to health and wellness.

According to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, there is a strong relationship between volunteering and health. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

Fort Bragg is a great location to volunteer. There are volunteer opportunities that help Soldiers, retirees, Families and children.

The Fort Bragg Army Community Service Volunteer Program is a good first place to start when looking for volunteer opportunities. The program serves as a resource for those looking to give back to the community.

People can log on to Army Once Source at www.myarmyonesource.com to register as a volunteer and search volunteer opportunities at Fort Bragg. For more information, call 396-8160 or visit the website https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/acs-volunteer-program.

An easy way for an Army spouse or Family member to volunteer and directly help their Soldier or Soldiers they know is through their unitís Family Readiness Group. They can volunteer to hold an FRG position such as a key caller or treasurer or they can volunteer during FRG events or activities. Contact your FRG leader for information on unit volunteer opportunities.

The American Red Cross at Fort Bragg is another great option for volunteering. Most of the volunteers serve at Womack Army Medical Center, while others volunteer in outreach initiatives or at the Fort Bragg Red Cross office.

Hospital positions for licensed or credentialed personnel can include doctors, therapists, researchers, and X-ray technicians. Other WAMC opportunities include billers, coders, clerical work, laundry attendants and patient companions. To begin the process of becoming an ARC volunteer, visit https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=intake&entry_point_id=3690&unit_id=988&logout=1.

(If you have a question about the military or Fort Bragg you would like me to answer, email me at mankelg@theparaglide.com.)