Volunteering to Make YOU and the Community Better!


Dr. Seuss had said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” I love this quote if you think about this in the respect of giving.  This could be giving your time, your ideas, your hands to help someone, giving something to someone less fortunate, listening to others and providing advice and input, whatever it might be. Giving and helping others is considered a form of volunteering. Our communities, schools, neighborhoods, and families & friends need those that “care a whole awful lot” involved in making our world a better place. This is our responsibility.

April 6th – April 12th is National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

The act of giving, or volunteering, is a very special thing because it benefits all that are involved. The impact is felt by the recipient, the giver and actually spreads to others (you’d be surprised to see how your actions can be  inspirational to others on the sidelines!). I credit my volunteer involvement for the person I am today. I have learned so much about myself, others, and our community — something I couldn’t have learned in school. It has been the one thing to bring me out of a bad mood or give me the sense of worth that other people and things can’t do. Please take a moment to read the 10 top reasons to volunteer. I encourage you to think of something special you can do this week to mark National Volunteer Week and spread the act of giving to others!

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer:

#10: It’s good for you.
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.
It reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
It makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

#9: It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.
You can test out a career.

#7: It brings people together.
As a volunteer you assist in:
Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
Building friendship and teamwork

#6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.
As a volunteer you help:
Support families
Improve schools
Support youth
Beautify the community

#4: You learn a lot about yourself and where you live

#3: You get a chance to give back.
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1: You make a difference.
Every person counts!

-Alex W.


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