A Letter to Kate: Volunteering

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Volunteers are great people. They’re the ones who lend a helping hand, not because they’re getting paid, but because they want to be of service.

I haven’t had a lot of time to do the kind of volunteer work I’d like to do, but I have done some volunteering here and there over the years.

Most of my volunteer work has been at church. I’ve been a member of several different choirs, sung solos, served on various committees, organized fundraisers, conducted Bible studies, and helped with bake sales, special dinners and cleanup.

I’ve helped in the community by serving food at our local rescue mission, raising money for nonprofit organizations, and collecting food, clothes and personal items for local charities.

For the last three years I’ve been actively involved in United Way. My family has benefitted from United Way funded programs over the years, so I believe it’s a worthwhile cause.

I’ve also served as a short-term missionary a couple of times, and those opportunities were probably the most rewarding times of my life.  

    The times I’ve volunteered, it’s not only helped others, it has also helped me. A person can’t volunteer without taking something away from the situation for themselves. Volunteering rewards the giver as well as the receiver.