The Simple Things That Count

12 Feb

Dear reader,

Many people’s first interpretation of the word “volunteer”  is often associated with big groups/associations and long hours.

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However, little did you know that volunteering simply means helping someone who needs it.

  • Volunteer (n): a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. (Dictionary.com)

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I have done my share of volunteer work and it is a refreshing experience. Helping someone is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever experienced. I can honestly say that these experiences have helped me become the person I am today.

I have volunteered for the SILC lab over at the Nursing college helping the lab coordinator prepare packets for the students. I offered to help her because she had mentioned to me that she had been very busy for the last couple of days and was behind schedule.

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Another time I volunteered was when I helped the Guerrero Center serve food during their AROMAS event. They were a bit under-staffed and so I offered my help in order to get the assembly line moving smoothly again. The center’s director couldn’t stop thanking me and it was very heart warming.

Lastly, I offered to take a friend to his oncology appointments and keep him company. Health issues are obviously a very difficult thing to deal with on your own and he has no family up here. He kept telling me that I didn’t need to, but I could see it in his face that he was glad someone was there to help him get through the doctor visits.

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Volunteering can come in many shapes and forms. You don’t need to be a part of an organization or club in order to do so. Remember, it’s the little things that count too.

‘Til next time,

Becky

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