Do you ever notice how it's always 10-20 people who volunteer for things? The same 10-20 for every event, fundraiser and club. What makes that person different from another? I can hear some thought bubbles out there saying, stupidity or some such joke. Volunteering means you are caring for someone other than yourself. That could be advocating for a cause you believe in that will change one person or millions of people's lives. It could also be volunteering for people, your children, your neighbors, the elderly, etc.
There are, I'm sure, the common excuses: it's to time consuming, I work hard all day and don't want to work more, it's boring or it doesn't really help. But it does help, it helps those you are working for whether people or causes. To show you what I mean I put some examples below of how I volunteer and how it's helped.
A couple of years ago I was with my family in Florida, two girls were carried on the current out to sea. People stood on the beach crying and concerned but only I went in for them. I volunteered and helped save their lives. My father-in-law died of non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He is also the reason I volunteer to hold a blood drive every year because his life was saved by transfusions so many times, that he was able to witness all three of his children marry and all five of his grandchildren's birth. When I hold the blood drive every person that volunteers to show up has the ability to save the lives of three people. THREE! I've seen people terrified of needles and crying the whole time, give blood to honor Chuck and help their fellow-man. I volunteer for children's events and fundraiser's so that they may enjoy experiences I didn't or just experiences for the first time. I volunteer at the Children's Guild aka Children's Hospital because in their infancy-toddler years, my daughter AND son needed their care. It made a truly terrifying time, manageable and other small children with uncompensated care need that too. I'm working with a group of other mom's right now, with our children's grad night celebration. Graduation the single most deadly night for a teenager and the kids that will be with us will be safe, having fun and more importantly off the streets on what should be one of the best nights of their lives.
The great thing about volunteering is you get to decide how involved you want to be! That's the beauty of it! It's also proven that when you start to help others you become less selfish or bothered by the ridiculous minutiae in your own life. So, the next time you are taking a backseat, when someone asks for a volunteer and everyone looks away or starts making for the door. Look at the person that's asking for help, chances are he or she has done the work, and you looking away or heading for the door means he or she has to show up to take care of your child or your community or your cause alone.
Show up and make a difference!