Every day is a chance to give a little of yourself away. To me, being thought of as a giving person is important. I treat people the way I would hope to be treated if I was in their situation. I feel blessed in all I have so I share with others through volunteering. Volunteering is the perfect way to feel connected to the community. The simple act of offering your skills and enthusiasm will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own. The intent of volunteerism is to both generate and harness the community’s desire to assist in the overall improvement of the quality of life for everyone.
Merriam Webster defines volunteer as:
A person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: as one who enters into military service voluntarily
One who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest, one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property without giving valuable consideration
Several factors drive people into community service, but the powerful force behind volunteering is the social change that is made through the inspiration of people to make a difference to help those in need. Organizations cannot function without the energy and input of volunteers. Volunteering is an invaluable experience and engaging in service creates a valuable dimension to all communities.
Like so many people, I am busy and cannot be tied to a schedule so I have found creative ways to contribute and serve and still be flexible to travel. I feel good by donating my read magazines to the public library, I spend numerous hours traveling in the passenger side of a vehicle so I spend the miles knitting scarves that I donate to various charities, the soaps, shampoos and coffee packets from the hotels we frequent are collected and donated to a Veteran’s Home. These are all simple ways I can serve without committing my time.
If you have the time, volunteering is a perfect way to make social connections. I used to volunteer at the local Food Pantry. I always felt valued and appreciated and they did not hold me to a particular schedule. If I showed up, there was always something for me to do but yet I don’t feel guilty when my schedule doesn’t allow the time because there are numerous other volunteers that show up on a regular basis.
Thanks to technology, there is also virtual volunteering you can participate in. Numerous websites will connect a volunteer with a service project in the area of your expertise or the cause you are interested in.
If you feel there is something missing in your life, try volunteering. An act of kindness, no matter how small, is never forgotten.