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Why Volunteer

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Why Volunteer

There are choices we all make, each day, that provide care, joy, opportunity, and service for which no acknowledgement and no exchange of remuneration is wanted or expected. Enter the world of the volunteer.
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Being a volunteer was the model I grew up with. I didn't know any other way. As I left home, this idea of service was a conscious choice because I saw how much others had done, without me being actively aware of what it took for me to enjoy the many experiences that got me to university studies. I wanted others to have a path to the enrichment activities that brought joy and acquaintances to my life.
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Performance arts and faith-based community service have filled my time with laughter, meditation, travel, physical fitness, and wonder. And what you do for and with new-found acquaintances adds variety and perspective to everyday routine.
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Do I consider volunteer activities as a waste of time? Very rarely. There are some activities I don't return to, but never because of the activity itself. I just try to find the "best fit" for my current capacity to give. More importantly, I try to discern what brought others to that activity, and what it means for them.
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I've always found that those who volunteer the most, are giving far more than money, influence or time: the most active volunteers exude the precious belief that life is to be lived, shared and celebrated. It's not too late -- volunteer today!
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