<strong><em>Is volunteering a big deal?</em></strong>
August 9th, 2022
How is everyone’s week going so far? Tell me something good that happened over the weekend or so far this week. I’ll go first! I was able to sit down for food and fellowship with my grandma, aunt, cousin, brother, and sister on Saturday before my grandma left on vacation. It has been a while since I have seen her in person and even longer since we have all been together. The food was great, but the fellowship was even better! This month we are discussing volunteering and this week I will give you some statistics on volunteering as well as discuss why it is a vital component to many organizations.
About 25 percent of adult volunteer. Only a fourth of the population!?! I am astonished at this number. I grew up volunteering at church, for the local horse shows and various events raising money for individuals or a specific cause. Giving back has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, sometimes it’s as simple as helping a neighbor. The definition of a volunteer is “a person who offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task,” while the definition of volunteering is “freely offer to do something.” To me volunteering speaks volumes about a person’s character. What are you willing to do for something or someone who can’t do anything in return? It brightens my day to give back! I enjoy seeing the people that I volunteer with, and it is touching to see how you can have a positive impact on someone’s life that you may not have met otherwise. I may not enjoy getting up early for a 5K or other event but the feeling of accomplishment and the feeling of joy I get from giving greatly outweighs the minor inconvenience of an early alarm clock.
Many organizations rely solely on volunteers for their staffing needs and are willing to train you, if necessary, to fill any voids. In my experience with volunteering, the biggest requirement has been the desire to help. My suggestion for getting involved is to find an organization or cause that you are passionate about. If that doesn’t work, find out where your friends volunteer or an opportunity that is close to your home or office. If you still do not know where to begin, message me and we can find a good opportunity for you together.
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