By Jen May, Places for People Training and Volunteer Manager
Happy National Volunteer Week 2017!
National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and show our gratitude to those who choose to give selflessly to those served by Places for People.
So, what are your passions? What do you wish you could change? What can you do to make this change happen? Volunteering is one way to combine these three questions to have a bigger impact on the issues you care about. Each volunteer has his or her own reason to add service to his or her schedule, but each gain so much more than they give…
Growth: No matter your age, volunteering offers the chance to learn something new and to stretch your comfort zone through each new experience.
Connection: Volunteering bridges people from all walks of life together towards a common goal. Each day offers a chance to connect with someone new.
Leadership: As volunteers spend more time committed to their cause, different ways to grow become possible and leadership skills thrive.
Perspective: Volunteering provides insight and introductions to a new world-view, answering questions and opening the door to new research, action, and hope.
Community: Being a volunteer is being a part of something bigger – a worthy cause. Volunteers foster community by sharing laughter and stories with everyone they meet.
Joy: Making a difference, whether big or small, and affecting change is an amazing experience! Volunteers feel the reward of knowing they are a part of achieving goals.
Places for People gains all these and more from the volunteers who serve our organization and while I know there is no way to express our gratitude to you, but I’d like to give it a try.
Thank you for reaching out and choosing Places for People as a way to give back to your community! Thank you for tutoring persons served and helping them to achieve their education goals. Thank you for hosting groups at residential facilities and ensuring health and wellness are priorities. Thank you for offering advice in the wellness center and encouraging persons served to try one more time. Thank you for your ideas and your responsibility. Thank you for organizing, for fundraising, for laughter, for kindness, and for giving with your heart.
Thank you for your commitment to the mission of Places for People and for being an active part of the vision to make it happen. Happy National Volunteer Week!
Visit our volunteer page to see current volunteer opportunities.