PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As an entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist, Travis Gilpin
promotes a recent article
featured in Medical Daily that emphasizes the numerous advantages to generous giving and volunteerism. According to the report, "Being a scrooge can reduce your lifespan." The researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School are reinforcing multiple studies that collectively demonstrate that "people who volunteered seemed to live longer, healthier and happier."
Travis Gilpin enthusiastically weighs in on the recent study as a man who has spearheaded numerous philanthropic initiatives. "When you can figure out a way to tangibly give to a meaningful organization, using your specific talents and resources, there's no better feeling in the world," he said. While Travis Gilpin spends the majority of his time diligently working for his companies and the marketing efforts of Consolidated Reinforcement, he also enjoys participating in a number of other community networks and charities.
He strives to utilize his strengths. For instance, because of his expertise with marketing and public relations in the business realm, he serves on the Community Advisory Board of the public radio and television outlet KLRU. He contributes to the Austin City Limits program, and he is also heavily involved in Habitat for Humanity. Due to his building expertise and involvement with his engineering and supply companies, he donates plenty of piping, concrete and other materials to Habitat and its various local projects.
The article highlights that volunteerism affects both physical and psychological health: "Older adults who volunteered at least 200 hours a year were 40 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure as stated in one study, while another study found that those who gave money instead of spending reported feeling happier."
In a meta-analysis of five cohort studies, the article notes that researchers found 22 percent lower mortality among volunteers than those who did not volunteer: "These volunteers were not only less likely to die earlier, but they were also less likely to be depressed. Overall, volunteers showed improved wellbeing and satisfaction with life. Another five trials, investigating the health-related effects of intergenerational volunteering among older adults, suggested improved physical activity and cognitive function."
Gilpin strongly encourages volunteers to pursue volunteer work through Habitat for Humanity. As a supporter of the Texas Habitat for Humanity division, he expounds on the many volunteer subprograms available at the charitable organization. "There are several youth programs and initiatives dedicated to supporting low-income family housing through the revitalization and repairs of homes," he said. "There are specific groups you can get involved in, like 'Women Build' or 'Veterans Build,' and each program is designed to create a sense of unity among certain groups." Travis Gilpin encourages high school students to participate in "Collegiate Challenge," an extension of the youth programs that attracts high school students on spring break with the opportunity to develop substantial college application experience.
is the vice president of Consolidated Reinforcement, a family-owned business in Austin, Texas that specializes in the provision of materials to construction crews, civil and structural engineers and drafters. He is in charge of the Sales Department and is zealous about merging his work in the construction industry with meaningful, charitable organizations. He is a staunch supporter of Austin City Limits.