Recently I was involved in the junior prizegiving ceremonies for two local sports clubs and a service organisation. All the events were well run, and the kids enjoyed them immensely. It was great to see their efforts rewarded.
The thing that struck me the most was the enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers who give up their time to run the clubs. Hours and hours of unpaid work go into it.
Our community thrives because of the selfless participation of these people – whether it’s coaching a team, leading a pack, or helping kids achieve their goals. There is no payment for time, and often there’s quite a cost involved, and other sacrifices that have to be made by the volunteers.
We would be poorer without them. When I think back to my own childhood, I remember the influence that volunteers had on me growing up. I remain grateful for the time they put into helping me through my formative years.
Helping out connects us to people in our community, and can have a lifelong impact on the people we serve. I know from personal experience that sometimes this is a difficult thing to do, especially when life is already full with work and family commitments.
I saw on the faces of the kids at the events I participated in just how much lending a helping hand can benefit others. Many of the great achievers in our town got their start because an adult chose to get alongside them when they were young.
So, if you’re looking for a challenge, or maybe want to give something back, then consider volunteering as a great opportunity. It can also be an excellent way to learn new skills, make friends, and get work experience.