The true value of volunteering
Feb 28, 2017 | 924 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here we are in March with less than two weeks to Daylight Saving Time and less than three to spring. Every year at this time, I reprint my column the "Value of Volunteerism." Here it is:

Sometime ago in a letter to the editor, a truly eloquent testament was made to the noblest of unselfish giving, being a volunteer. This individual urged residents “to show support for some kind of worthwhile cause or organization in your area and contribute your time or talent.”

Local community organizations do need support and involvement to perpetuate what dedicated individuals have worked for and accomplished over the years. In my case over a quarter-century, in some cases even more.

When you are a truly committed volunteer you take time from your families. You postpone vacations and all of your free time is dedicated to community problems and the pursuit of their solutions with other dedicated organization members.

Also, you place the needs of the organization and community above your own personal interests. What these long-standing credible organizations do not need are individuals who get involved for the wrong reasons, some being personal or professional interests, self-aggrandizement or the furthering of their own agendas or careers.

It is truly unfortunate that organizations needing to recruit new members are often blinded by these individuals that initially obscure their selfish goals. Altruistic members are often duped by these new members that use them to their own ends.

Volunteerism should be rewarded, but as a byproduct of volunteering, not as the reason for volunteering. The highest reward must be that you have improved your community and the satisfaction this brings with it.

So when you do volunteer, if you choose to do so and I hope you do, do it for the right reasons. These reasons should be to make the organization stronger, to target and pursue the problems in a community, and work to solve them with other members and residents.

When you are revealed as being a self-promoting individual involved for all the wrong reasons, don’t try to diminish the organization when you leave, for in doing so you diminish no one but yourself.

To all you potential volunteers, please get involved, but do it with well-meaning and good-hearted intent. Volunteerism is rewarding and good for the soul.”

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