Volunteer

It’s National Volunteer Week in the U.S. It is set aside to recognizing and inspire people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. “It’s about demonstrating that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.”

So states the opening paragraph on the Points of Light website about the week.

The week was established by American President Richard Nixon to highlight the importance of volunteerism in making society better.

It’s a fact that many organizations could not even exist without volunteers. These include hospitals, soup kitchens, non-profits working to improve individual and corporate lives, neighborhood associations, relief and development organizations, and many, many more groups.

In fact, volunteers are the most valuable resource many community and international non-profits have.

Volunteerism is good for everyone. It helps people in need, builds community and improves the lives of real people.

It also helps those who volunteer.

It’s a great way to get your eyes off yourself and your problems, help you have unique experiences, build new friendships (and social skills), and gives you the satisfaction and fulfillment from doing something that matters. It can strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence, combat depression, and help you be physically fit.

The truth is, THE WORLD NEEDS YOU. SO DOES YOUR NEIGHBOR AND YOUR COMMUNITY.

Think you’re too busy? Think again.

Don’t know where to start? There are multiple organizations in your area looking for help. There are thousands of websites with ideas on how to get started.

There are probably millions of possibilities, from folding newsletters to babysitting to building houses to delivering meals.

As retired surgeon Ben Carson said, “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”