With the holiday season upon us and the new year just around the corner, I can’t help but reflect on the gratitude I feel for our community. I think most will agree this has been a year like no other — certainly in my lifetime. And while we’ve seen our share of challenges, I am heartened by the ways in which we have all pulled together to make our community stronger.
Because we are a co-op, volunteerism and giving back are a part of who we are. Our concern for community is a year-round endeavor. Southeastern Indiana REMC looks at co-op volunteerism as an investment in our community, and we often donate our time and expertise to help groups and organizations in the community.
Volunteerism is the gift that keeps on giving. While it’s difficult to quantify the impact that volunteers have, they make a tremendous difference in our community and make our corner of the world a better place. Many organizations depend on volunteers to fulfill their mission. Volunteers fill in gaps and spread joy and compassion through their efforts. Often a big commitment or special skills are not needed, just someone who cares.
I hope you’ll consider volunteering. Give an organization or cause that you care about the gift of your compassion, time and talent. In addition to the organization and the community benefiting from your efforts, you will receive the satisfaction of knowing you are helping a good cause, make new friends and expand your social network, and strengthen existing skills or learn a new one. In the process, you will be a role model for your friends and family, showing them first-hand how one person can make a big difference and strengthen the community in which they live.
At the end of the day, the gift of volunteerism is a gift that will continue giving all year long. So, this holiday season, consider starting a new tradition — give the gift of time.