April is almost over and so is National Volunteer Month, however, volunteering and giving back shouldn’t stop when the month ends. There are many many ways to give back to our communities, to those in need, or to help protect and clean our local, state, or national parks. Have you volunteered lately? I have to admit I haven’t done much volunteering since the presence of Covid-19 affected everyone around the world. I do miss volunteering though.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”—— Martin Luther King Jr.
What are you doing for others? Is a question where the answer will be different for all of us. Doing something for others doesn’t need to be a big extravaganza. It’s the little things that mean the most. It could be anything from picking up trash along the beach or by the side of the road to keep it clean. It could also be lending a hand to help someone that has need of assistance, like going to the store for a shut-in, reading a book to a person in a nursing home, or helping out at a school. The list of ways to volunteer and give back could go on and on for eternity.
“ Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”—- Albert Schweitzer,
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands —- one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”—— Audrey Hepburn
“ The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—— Mahatma Gandhi
“ Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.—— Sherry Anderson,
Volunteering is beneficial not just for those that we help, our communities, but also to remind us that we are all a part of a much bigger society. Whether we volunteer our time or our skills doesn’t matter, the important thing is to volunteer, to give back.
It is important to recognize that we all need to do our part in order for our society to thrive, to grow. Volunteering is beneficial for the volunteers as well.
- Volunteering reduces stress
- Volunteering increases feelings of joy
- Volunteering increases gratitude
- Volunteering improves our moods
- Volunteering improves our sense of optimism
- Volunteering improves our immune system
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”—- Elizabeth Andrew,
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”—— Maya Angelou
God Bless. Thank you to all who volunteer! May you be blessed as you bless others.
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