A great article from today’s Northwest Herald about volunteering. If you become inspired to volunteer, call our Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Kenning at 815 338 8081.
What stops us from volunteering?
You are not sure how start: Ask yourself what you are good at. Look at what gets your goat, what stirs you. Those are two essential things to figure out first. Then make an appointment to visit with an organization that is in line with your passion. Or you can contact the volunteer center – we’ll help you get started.
A bad taste from a past volunteer gig: OK, so last time you volunteered, you had a bad experience. Maybe they weren’t ready for you, maybe they had too many volunteers, or the place was chaotic. Don’t let that spoil you from giving your time. Chances are, that is why they need a stable dependable volunteer like you. Volunteers often help bring about change.
You think you may get in over your head: Most of us have heard the saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” If you are one of those busy people who get asked often, besides taking it as a compliment, try this: bring someone along with you. Open the door and teach someone else what it feels like to give. Help keep the circle of giving going.
Fear – If I volunteer, I may never be able to stop: I have a great book for you – “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend. Boundaries are central in developing a healthy lifestyle. This is just one more place to practice.
Time: I think this is the most common thing that prevents people from volunteering. With work, home, kids and school, people feel they just can’t do any more. You can do it. Helping your community is investing in your community. It is modeling to others that you care. It is exhibiting time management best practices. It is demonstrating and shaping your values. It will change your outlook on life. You will be amazed as you look back and see how were able to prioritize. Again – you can do it.
If you are just starting out or in between volunteer gigs or are an organization looking for volunteers, visit the volunteer center at volunteermchenrycounty.org or call 815-344-4483. We are here to help you.
May 01 2012 02:09 pm | Volunteers