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Happy National Volunteer Week

Happy National Volunteer WeekWinston Churchill is credited as having said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has,” is attributed to Margaret Mead.

Put those two statements together and you have the essence of a volunteer.

April 18-24 is noted as National Volunteer Week.  From emergency services, to a wide array of civic and faith-based boards and councils, to judges at the fair, to good neighbors, volunteers are essential to our communities and so much hinges on them!

Volunteering makes a difference to those whom are served and it also provides many benefits for anyone who serves as a volunteer.  Several benefits were identified by Valdosta State University in Georgia:

  • Learn something new.  Develop a new skill, discover a hidden talent, add to your knowledge base and discover the joy of lifelong learning.  These are ways to add to the enjoyment and quality of life.
  • Meet new people.  Volunteering offers the opportunity to meet new and diverse people and develop lasting friendships and professional contacts.
  • Feel good.  Helping others makes you feel good about yourself.  It can give you a sense of purpose and perhaps even a new perspective on life.
  • Gain professional skills.  Volunteering is an excellent way to build your portfolio by adding professional skills, expertise and experience to your existing resume.
  • Become connected to your community.  Volunteering is a great way to become a part of the larger community.  It can make you feel connected and part of something bigger than yourself.
  • Improve your health.  There is research that indicates a link between doing volunteer work for others and living a longer, healthier, happier life.

Which of those benefits entices you to want to jump on the bandwagon and be a volunteer? 

Hats off to 4-H volunteers and all the other volunteers who help make our communities and our county a great place to live, work, play, and learn!

Source:  https://www.valdosta.edu/student/student-life/our-services/volunteer-services/benefits-of-volunteering.php

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/volunteer-charity-cloud-community-1326758/


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