April 15-21, 2018 is National Volunteer Week.
Every problem that the country faces is being solved in some community by some group or some individual.The question is how to get connected so that the whole nation can solve problems. A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense; partners in civilization.
President George H.W. Bush
Founder, Points of Light
This week celebrates and reminds us of the impact volunteers have in our communities and our lives.
Do you volunteer? Have you lent a helping hand? Volunteering can be a large or a small commitment. A large group of people helping out in small ways can make a large impact. It seems many of us are busier and busier, we have less free time than we seemed to have in the past. Volunteering doesn’t have to be a large commitment, but many hands pitching in helps out tremendously.
If you’re wondering where you can volunteer, take a look around. There are municipal opportunities to serve on town/city boards and committees. There are youth groups looking for leaders and assistance. There are organizations organizing clean ups, meals, clothing drives, or office help. Points of Light has a search tool on their website to suggest volunteer opportunities in your area. I did a quick search just on my zip code and found 115 volunteer opportunities. There are also
Volunteering is a great way to share things that you know, learn something new, meet great people and possibly new friends, and provides you the opportunity to help out.