Importance of Volunteering

Why Volunteer? Quite simply, it’s the right thing to do.

Volunteering is important because everyone can use some help at some time. Just because you here the word “volunteer” doesn’t mean it’s going to be something you will hate or something not worth your time. It is something that you will feel rewarded for doing. It may seem little to you, but for someone else it is probably a big deal.

With all the issues and disasters going on right now, this is a great time to see just how much a little can do. Thoughts of volunteering used to make me picture, handing out flyers or trudging up and down the street picking up trash. Now, I am not knocking that because those were some really fun times Winking. But the volunteering I am talking about is just helping others in need. The simplest things will give you a sense of joy and worth in your life.

On an off day, why not help the local homeless shelter? Or even better, next time you have some extra cash give it to a shelter or any local cause. I like the ASPCA. I find it cool to find out what they are short on and incorporate it into my shopping. It is very easy to make one phone call and ask what you can do to help.

I can’t even tell you the number of times I have felt a real sense of joy when I help other’s out. Here’s a quick instance, I was leaving out of the post office and saw an older man approaching the door with his hands full of boxes. With no thought, I raced to grab the door and held it for him. He was so surprised that I helped, he kept thanking me and repeating “thank you so much, thank you for doing that” and shaking his head in disbelief. What are we coming to that something as simple as holding the door for someone is a big deal. It really stuck out in my mind because I was surprised that something so small can make such a big deal to someone.

Even if it is just letting someone in while you drive, or helping organizations with hand outs , or even reading at your local library,  do it. It doesn’t cost you anything but a little of your time. Try to incorporate one selfless act in your life at least once a week. You may start to see your mood improve.

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