Editorial: Volunteer This Year

This week is National Volunteer Week. Volunteers and their service are extremely important in our community.
A Presidential proclamation tells of the importance of volunteers in our nation. It states, “ America’s story has been marked by the service of volunteers. Generations of selfless individuals from all walks of life have served each other and our Nation, each person dedicated to making tomorrow better than today. They exemplify the quintessential American idea that we can change things, make things better, and solve problems when we work together. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups. From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and rebuilding after disasters, these everyday heroes make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of women and men across the globe. Last year, nearly 63 million Americans gave of themselves through service. Their compassion is a testament to the generosity of the
American spirit. In difficult times, Americans are coming together — tackling our challenges instead of ignoring them — and renewing the principle that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. Today, as many Americans face hardship, we need volunteers more than ever. Service opportunities tap the energy and ingenuity of our greatest resource — the American people — to improve our neighborhoods and our world. … During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the profound impact of volunteers and encourage all Americans to discover their own power to make a difference. Every one of us has a role to play in making our communities and our country stronger.”
The proclamation is right. We can all make a difference in our community whether its working through our churches, garden clubs or other civic organizations, working with youth, etc. Opportunities abound if you look for them and very few people turn away free help.
Get involved in the community and volunteer.