To volunteer means to willingly give up your valuable time to help others, for little or nothing in return. Every December 5th, volunteers are recognized worldwide for their contributions. This is a special day to also remind people about the importance of volunteering and how doing so can change many lives. To recognize this national awareness day, millions of people get involved by volunteering to clean up, becoming involved in fund raisers, holding conferences and even donating blood. Whatever an individual can do in order to help one another is highly encouraged. If you have volunteers or know someone who is actively involved in the volunteer community, thank them for their services even if they are not helping you. It is the people who volunteer their time that change the world. Oftentimes, people take advantage of the kindness and generosity of a volunteer. They believe that they will always be there or that someone who dedicates their entire lives to helping someone else for free is not really working. These are all fallacies and this is the time to change your mind and heart concerning "volunteers." They are the rock and soil of this earth because they have chosen to do something many people will never do, give their valuable time for free....
"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)."
- INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER 2012
- UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEER, HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
- INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS ASSOCIATION
- BECOME A LONG TERM INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER
- BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL AID WORKER
- GLOBAL VOLUNTEER NETWORK
- LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL
- VOLUNTEER MATCH
Authors Special Note: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank those who volunteer personally. Regardless of what others say, you make a huge difference in this world...
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA