Thursday, April 05, 2012

Making a Difference - Volunteers

People who volunteer are those who think outside of themselves – they see a bigger picture.  These are people who are often not acknowledged, yet without their contribution to the life of the local community many services, events , groups and programs would never make it off the ground.  Volunteers who are passionate, dedicated and committed help bring a positive quality to the local community in which they live.

Within my local community, there are a number of groups who make a big difference.  From raising funds for infrastructure so that local children, families and interest groups can have an under cover facility (it rains a lot where I live) to use to business associations made up of local business men and women who want to see their town thrive economically.  Then you have school groups such as P&C’s and Theatre groups, sporting and service clubs.  The common thread throughout all of these groups is Volunteers. 

Without people getting involved, using their skills, talents, contacts and resources many of the local groups and clubs would never survive.  And it’s not about what you get out of it, but what you put into your local community that makes the difference.  You do get something out of volunteering – skills, friends, contacts, a sense of fulfilment and being a part of something much bigger than yourself.

You can’t put a figure on seeing positive changes in your community.  Every person in the community benefits directly or indirectly.

In my voluntary positions across a number of groups, I get to meet and work with some amazing people.  They’re all ordinary, like me.  Yet each of us collectively are able to achieve positive outcomes which by ourselves would never have happened.  Together goals, facilities, programs, lives are changed.

Why don’t you check out your local community and see what positive difference you can make?

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