Volunteering together keeps couples connected

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You may have heard that volunteering is good for your health, but did you know that it can also be good for your love life?

In a recent survey conducted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), more than 80 percent of couples who volunteered together said that their relationship is better based on this shared activity.

Project Angel Heart volunteers Mel and Benita Thompson would agree! The two have been volunteering together since 2014. Each Friday morning, you’ll find them working side by side as part of the Friday distribution team. They’ve also volunteered as kitchen assistants and meal delivery drivers.

Mel and BenitaMel and Benita met 15 years ago. At the time, both worked for the City and County of Denver, Mel in the budget office and Benita in the police department. At the urging of colleagues, they decided to go out to dinner together. “We’ve been together ever since!” said Mel.

Mel and Benita have an especially strong connection to Project Angel Heart’s mission. When they met, Benita’s kidneys were failing, and she was on dialysis. Fortunately, a kidney transplant restored her health. “I know how people need this food,” she said of the medically modified meals that Project Angel Heart delivers to people in Denver and Colorado Springs.

Both agree that volunteering together is fun. “We have a very strong relationship and do a lot of things together,” said Mel. “Volunteering together gives us a common frame of reference and lots to talk about.”