Thursday, May 19, 2005

Volunteers: Priceless

We've all seen those Mastercard commercials to know the slogan where a single action or event is deemed priceless (as a result of using the MC, no doubt!)

Today I'm looking at the act of volunteering, of getting involved to help others.  Perhaps this is due to a conversation I had with a lady this week who saw me crocheting a scarf I intend to donate come this fall.  The conversation steered into the act of volunteering where she promptly stated that she didn't have the time to get involved.  I disagreed.

Volunteering doesn't mean you're giving away every free moment of your life -- unless you choose to.  Volunteering can be as simple as saving those soda can tops for the Shrinners (unless you're crocheting them into your work -- click onto the image on the right to see more), to volunteering time at a local hospital, or charity.

Volunteering can be as simple as picking up the hook, or knitting needles and creating a scarf -- or purchasing one extra one at your local store and donating it to a local charity.

My point in thinking that volunteers are priceless comes from the feelings that you receive back ... knowing that you've helped someone in need.  Save your soda can tops; save  soup can labels, or box tops for a local school; write a check to a favorite charity; or give an hour or two of yourself to a group that can use the help.  Our single acts of volunteering just a little bit can make a huge difference in someone else's life.  These ladies do just that:  Volunteers Find Fountain Within

Did the lady I was talking to about helping others change her mind?  Honestly, I don't know.  But at least she now has the chance to think about it, and will hopefully decide to jump in this great pool of opportunity;the opportunity to help others.

Yep.  Volunteers are Priceless!  :)

1 comment:

dallo7 said...

Crocheting hats, afghans and other items for Newborns in Need, Inc is another suggestion.  newbornsinneed.org.  Barbara (dallo7@aol.com)