Obviously if you're experiencing a real flare-up of your illness, that is not a good time to be volunteering. But if your illness is pretty much the same as always volunteering could be really beneficial for you. You don't need to donate a huge amount of time, just an hour a week or month is enough for you to contribute something to organisations that could not function otherwise. The great thing about volunteering is that there are so many different options, there really is something for everyone. If you are a bit shy, but love animals, then you could try the SPCA. If you love working with kids, there are a heap of options. If you would rather do something behind the scenes, then you could work in a kitchen, or make things to send to developing countries.
Volunteering can give you a new perspective and a different focus.
Have you ever done any volunteering? What could you do?
Don't forget about the give a little campaign. http://www.givealittle.co.nz//cause/beautiful_identities Every dollar counts