Editorial for December 2
One doesn’t have to go to far when looking for an opportunity to make a difference in their community. Many organizations exist just for that purpose! Last Thursday, we celebrated Thanksgiving, a time to remember the blessings each of us have and be thankful for them. For most of us, one of the most important blessings that we usually do not think of is being able – able to work, able to give and able to help.
Volunteering is an one of the best ways to appreciate our physical and mental capabilities. By volunteering, we can change the lives of others for the better. Volunteering also is a tool to improve the community and help those in need.
Although a lot of opportunities are available, there are not nearly enough volunteers. Volunteering provides a chance for people, including students, to give back to their community and to show appreciation for what they have.
It is an excellent way to expand one’s knowledge, experience and social network.
A few hours per month can help someone in need, raise awareness about an issue or cause and heal you from everyday stress.
Volunteering widens people’s network and connects them to their community and its members. Moreover, it is one of the best ways to make friends who share similar values. Expanding your social experience and improving your communication skills is another benefit as well.
Volunteers are the most important resource community organizations have. The ability of people working willingly together for the betterment of their community is a valuable resource. I suggest that when you attend any function within your community, that you offer your assistance, while also saying “thank you” to those tireless volunteers. Your acknowledgement will mean the world to them and put a huge smile on their face and yours as well.
Many different volunteer opportunities are available and vary in such a degree that nearly everyone can help in some way or another. They range from the local Volunteer Fire Departments to libraies, food pantries, animal shelters, garden clubs, city and county cleanup crews, and parks and recreation, just to name a few. Opportunities abound for giving back and making a difference in the life of others. Volunteering is rewarding as it provides a sense of accomplishment and a meaningful, noble purpose.
Some of the most skilled and needed individuals in the work place today, got their start as volunteers. Fire Fighters, EMT’S, Nurses and even Doctors, often started out volunteering their services, which led them to life saving careers. The benefits far outweigh the inconvenience, do yourself and others a favor, become a volunteer today!