It’s something, by definition, you do it for free. But why would you?
Your time is worth money, you are busy, there are so many demands on your time, how can you stretch yourself any further?
By making volunteering away to gain by giving.
Do you have a passion or an interest? Would you like an opportunity to explore those passions or interests? Perhaps volunteering can help you achieve this as it did for Bob.
Let me tell you about Bob, a man who has personally inspired me.
Bob has been volunteering most of his life and more than 22 years here with Christie Down’s Community House.
Bob has done all of this even though he is married and raised a family and worked full time up until his recent retirement.
Sure, Bob has given a lot. But his story isn’t just about giving. It’s is also a story about leadership, mentoring, commitment but most of all about passion.
Volunteering offers opportunities
There’s always a need for volunteers, which Bob knew well, and used as a way to enable himself to become involved in things he had an interest and passion in.
Over the years Bob has had a lot of opportunities through his volunteering. His volunteering opened up opportunities he might never have had including:
- being an elected member for Council,
- heading up a Neighbourhood Watch,
- being a Board Member for a community organisation, and
- running social groups for people over 50.
He’s given much, but gained more
Some might think he has given but not received, but this is never the case when you volunteer.
What has Bob gotten from it all?
Bob has been rewarded in so many ways. He has built friendships and relationships which he has carried through life. He has given to the community to improve the life of others and this is reward in itself and I would argue you cannot get this level of personal reward from payed work.
The power of volunteering
Bob is a man of compassion and care. He has helped so many people over the years; I am one that has been on the receiving end of his giving. He has taught me, mentored me but most of all cared for me and this is the power of volunteering.
That’s Bob’s story. What’s yours?
So next time you think you don’t have time to volunteer, think of Bob; he made time because he wanted to give and as a result also received. Volunteering may be that opportunity you are looking for. An opportunity to pursue your passions and interests in a way other aspects of your life can’t provide you with.
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