Today’s post comes on the heels of a volunteer board meeting of one of the boards that I sit on. It is not in line with what I have been doing so we will just call this one – special edition. Please note: this is a personal blog and reflect only the opinions of the author. None of what is stated within is research based.
Volunteering isn’t always fun, there are many different personalities and conflicts will most certainly arise but at the heart of every volunteer activity/job there should be a common goal and kindness should always be at the heart. That’s why we volunteer, right? I have never heard anyone say, “I volunteer out of the badness of my heart.”
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew
First let me start by defining the word volunteering:
volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services (taken from Wikipedia).
During my summers, I spend a lot of time at the softball fields. There are many different areas to volunteer within youth sports. There is always a need for board members, coaches, concessions etc. Winters, I spend my time with our local youth hockey teams as board member and team representative as well as participate on various other committees.
I also volunteer with local volunteer groups (today I am headed to Be a Santa to a Senior). These organizations among the many other volunteer opportunities within our community give me fulfillment. I spend my evenings researching areas where I can help. Where I can maybe make a difference but if I don’t, at least I can leave knowing that I tried. It will be hard for me to travel anywhere and not try to find some sort of service to give within the community that I visit.
However, what saddens me most is the fact that the heart of giving is being lost. The heart of sharing and working together for a common goal is being overstepped by social clubs and conflicts of personality. People are being rude and unkind, cliques are being formed and we are losing the whole point as to what the whole cause was to begin with.
As for me, I do it for my kids. They can only learn to be kind, upstanding, helpful citizens if I lead by example.
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~Malayan Proverb