This month as I was casting around for something to share with you, my mind kept returning to how amazing it is to volunteer.¬†I started volunteering in different groups about 10 years ago on a regular basis and in a larger way. It's become quite addictive, and here's why:
- When you volunteer you choose it because it's something you're genuinely interested in, so you will enjoy it.
- Expressing your interest through commitment to a group makes you carve out consistent time to be spent on what you're passionate about.
- When you give your time, effort and talents to a cause you gain appreciation from those involved.
- The appreciation you receive creates a circle of positive energy-you give, they receive, they give, you receive...
- Working with others who also volunteer is a supportive and generous learning environment for gaining new skills.
- You can share your skills with others and enjoy seeing them learn as well.
- The commitment of time builds amazing results for the cause you care about.
- Observing what you've helped to build gives you confidence and pride in achievement.
- Working toward a common goal builds rich relationships. You suddenly realize you have made great friends.
- When you give your time to build something in your community, you find a community builds around you of which you're happy to be a member.
Volunteer for something today!
I loved volunteering for the EPFG for several years and also serving in this job as Newsletter Editor. This is my last article as editor. It has been my pleasure!
-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor