Volunteering in the Community
Webster’s Dictionary defines a volunteer as “a person who offers to serve or work without expecting payment.” We should all volunteer for something whether it’s in our kids’ schools, church organizations, work-related groups or even in the community. Volunteering betters our communities and each of us.
My husband, Brad, and I volunteer for many things. It actually is to the point that we say to each other “please don’t volunteer for anything else.” Not because we don’t believe in it, but because we already have our hands in many organizations.
I volunteer many hours at our children’s schools — in the classrooms, field trips, popcorn Fridays and wherever else I am asked to fill in. It is extremely important for me to do this so I can see what’s going on in the classroom to help our kids with schoolwork, friend choices and even to pick the teachers I know will be the best for them. I also volunteer my time with church, industry requests and farm tours for many local groups.
Brad volunteers his time with industry organizations that he feels are important to our business to be successful. He currently resides on our local Farm Bureau board, one of the committees for our milk co-op, Northstar (a company we purchase from), and in the past there have been countless others. He also volunteers as assistant coach for our kids’ sports teams.
Every Sunday morning, there is a local radio station that features a local pastor talking about the current Sunday’s Bible readings. After he has finished with a story, the station always plays “Did I Make a Difference?” by the Oak Ridge Boys. I like this song so much that I downloaded it to my iTunes. This song asks: no matter what your role in life is, is it something that makes a difference? I believe volunteering and service work make a difference. So you can ask yourself that question — have you made a difference? I would strongly urge you to find something in your community that you can do to volunteer your time. Not only will you be helping others but you will feel good for doing it.