I’m a joiner. I always have been. If there’s a committee, or club or volunteer organization, I’ll be there to sign-up to help or maybe even lead. I never have understood the people who don’t help with anything or join a group just to be a number. That is just a foreign concept. Volunteering gives me a lot of joy. But… (there’s always a but)

…There are days I have to remind myself why I want to help. Why do I volunteer? If you’re volunteering for something it may be a question you ask yourself as well. Because if you’re a volunteer, you will invest HOURS of your time, and there won’t be any monetary compensation. But to be honest, we don’t do it for money or even to receive a thank you, do we?

Why do I volunteer? I do it because I know I can make a difference. I love it when I can help someone or an organization.  I love the way I feel when I see something through to completion. You know, volunteering comes in all forms, but all of them need the same thing…people they can count on. When I tell you I’m going to take care of something, know you can trust me to make it happen. I think that’s my biggest problem with being a leader of something. Can I trust someone else to follow through or am I going to have to hold their hand or do their job for them?

If you haven’t volunteered for something since college…get involved. Your church needs you to teach a 2nd grade Sunday school class. Your local Alzheimer’s or American Cancer societies need hands to make phone calls or put together a group to walk to help raise money. Your child’s school needs room moms they can trust to take care of organizing parties, field trips, and to help with busy work the teacher may have. (Trust me, the last one is MUCH easier with the Internet and smart phones.) Find something and make a difference today! I promise you won’t regret it!

 

In Sigma,

~ashley

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One Response to Wait, I Signed Up for What?

  1. Teri Centner Teri Centner says:

    You inspired me! I volunteered to help run the projector at church on Sunday mornings so people can see the words to the hymns on the wall.

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