National Volunteer Week came and went and I forgot to post this blog. Things happen, distractions occur or maybe I was too busy volunteering to post it….
I do a lot of volunteer work in the community. Being involved and supporting worthy causes is important to me and it aligns with my personal values. I’ve volunteered for national organizations and causes in the past but I’ve changed my approach and I devote all of my volunteer energy to local causes.
For me personally, volunteering on a local level is more fulfilling. I believe when anyone volunteers they want to know they’re making a difference. For me that’s been easier to see through volunteer opportunities at the local level. Whether it be tutoring first graders in reading, soliciting donations for Olde Glory Days, saving a building on the square, assisting with the Diabetes Walk or advocating for teacher’s salaries as a school board member I can see that I’m making a difference.
I’m a firm believer that we all want to live in a community that’s a great place to live and raise a family. One way we can contribute is to volunteer our time to worthy causes where we know we’re making a difference. Of course we can contribute financially to causes we support but if you’re like me you have more time than money and you realize your time is valuable so volunteering for a good cause is just as important a contributing financially.
I’d encourage you to find ways to get involved, whether it be through your church, your child’s activities, a service club or the GVMH Foundation there’s something out there for everyone. I believe you’ll find the time you contribute to a cause will be as meaningful to you as it is beneficial to the cause.
If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities please feel free to contact Deanna Hendrich, GVMH Foundation Director, extension 7108. Deanna has feelers out everywhere and she can help steer you in the direction of something that will be meaningful to you and where you can make a difference.