Civic Involvement Leads to Greater Social Engagement and a Happier Life

Today’s blog written by Kim Toebbe, Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteering one’s time is one of the most socially engaging things one can do. Donations of money, property or other items are vital to non-profit organizations, but time remains the most valuable commodity.  Historically volunteers have shaped our country.  Back in 1736, Ben Franklin founded the country’s first volunteer firehouse.

Public figures often volunteer.  Some who have served in the Peace Corps as young people were Bob Vila, Chris Matthews and Donna Shalala, who all went on to successful careers but never stopped giving time.  One forced to volunteer and give money to humane society charities for dog fighting was Michael Vick, who now claims to have turned his life around through volunteering.

Actor Seth Green volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International; all causes in which he truly believes.  Celebrities who walk the walk are inspired by each other whether for altruistic reasons or for fame but are in a unique position to make a difference because of their exposure and resources.

Non-profit organizations such as Jewish Family & Career Services depend on the valuable work volunteers do.  Board and Committee members are all volunteers. as are those who give time once a week, once a month or once a year.    People who volunteer in their own communities are hometown heroes.   Volunteer and see why “some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, they are volunteers.” – Unknown

Some parting words of wisdom:

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

“Unless someone like you cares a whole, awful lot. Things aren’t going to
be better. They’re NOT!” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


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