Life can be crazy busy sometimes, can’t it? I often hear that as the reason as to why people choose not to volunteer in initiatives within their community. And indeed, some people likely do have more time available than others; or individuals may find that at certain stages of their lives, ‘things change’. That is okay, every little effort helps!
Why bother to volunteer anyway. It is not like there is a paycheck attached to it! Sometimes, it is just nice to extend a helping hand, no strings attached. But a string here or there does not hurt either. For instance, volunteering is a great way to explore possible career options. It is also a great way to utilize some of your time when you are between jobs. You can seek out opportunities which continue to hone your skill set while perhaps building new skills! You are also broadening your ‘network of contacts’ which is crucial in today’s world. There really is a lot to be said about the common catch phrase, "It’s who you know."
Now let's set career building aside. I personally find that volunteering some of my time is quite simply personally satisfying. I do try to find volunteer opportunities that fit with my values, so for me, I am generally out and about helping with social justice and environmental education opportunities. The video I created is a modest showcasing of a few people who are at different stages of their lives. Some may volunteer more than others at any given moment, but the ‘key’ is that they take the time to help ... when they can! Even though some of them volunteer in other ways not listed in the video, this is just a sampling of how volunteer efforts can make a difference.
Within the YouTube video featured with this blog, I have listed several links to not only some of the programs these individuals are involved in, but links to other opportunities within Oxford County. Take the leap and find a way that you too can ‘volunteer with vision’. Not only is it personally fulfilling, you are most likely helping to make someone else’s life … somewhere … a little better because of your efforts!