Be A Volunteer This Summer

May 18, 2017

The calendar has turned to May—school is almost out—what are you going to be doing this summer?  Most students probably have plans for doing sports, going to the swimming pool, hanging out with friends and perhaps doing some traveling with their families. Those are all fantastic activities, but think about adding one more item to your summer “to-do list”---volunteer!

Volunteering to help someone else can be a very rewarding activity for you and those you choose to help.  It is an important part of being a member of our community or any community.  Finding a place to volunteer should be based on your interests.  If you like to be outside, find someone who might need help in a garden or perhaps an older neighbor who might need his lawn mowed. If you love to read, check out the possibility of reading to young children at the library or at a day care center.  Finding an activity that interests you will result in a better chance of sticking to the task.

The benefits of volunteering are many. Not only will you have the satisfaction of helping others, you will gain self-confidence and possibly even learn a new skill. You will gain a sense of accomplishment and pride when you go beyond yourself to help others. Try it out this summer—be a volunteer!