Skip to main content

Labor Day

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” -United States Department of Labor

la·bor  noun \ lā-bər\
a : expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory
b: (1) : human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy (2) : the services performed by workers for wages

Today I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what this upcoming holiday weekend is all about:  LABOR.  Most of us will get the day off on Monday and are thankful for the break.  On any given day around here, you’ll see staff and volunteers laboring away for the greater good.  And our volunteers are providing FREE labor- let’s give them a mental round of applause, shall we?

Here at Dove, I can’t think of a better description for “LABOR” than the definition stated above…human activity that provides goods or services…without the awesome humans at Dove imagine the void that would be left in our community!  As the staff and volunteers of Dove (and all of YOU out there reading this) celebrate the unofficial last weekend of summer with our friends and family, let us relax and enjoy our day off work for it is well-deserved. 

Hold that thought.  We can’t forget that some services here at Dove run 24/7/365 and there will be awesome humans here providing those services on Monday…LABORing…regardless of the holiday- I think another mental round of applause is in order.

Helping others is the most rewarding type of LABOR there is.

Enjoy your LABOR DAY WEEKEND everyone!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Summer Hours Set for MAX

MAX, Macon County Assistance eXchange, is a joint effort to provide a centralized location to provide monetary support to persons in the community who have a verified emergency need. MAX provides a systematic way to verify their needs and respond in a timely manner to those needs.Financial support is from area congregations, individuals and foundations. MAX also works with AMEREN IP to distribute funding through the Warm Neighbors Cool Friends Program, which assists persons with payment of their power bills, in Macon and DeWitt Counties.
Most people seeking help are sent to MAX from the 211 program, social service agencies and area congregations with anticipation of helping clients. Others seeking assistance have learned about the program from family, friends and public/social media. MAX Volunteers work with those seeking assistance, helping them fill out an application for assistance.The client then meets with the Coordinator to review the need.The application is reviewed and verified, …

Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.

Dear Friends,
Have you ever been a goat?A head-butting, territorial, grumpy goat?I know that I have, and it’s something that I have to actively work to overcome.How do we avoid those instincts? Matthew 25 instructs us that we should put away those goatish thoughts by giving food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the prisoner.
This December as we prepare for the celebration of the coming of our Lord, past and again, let us each look for ways to take care of the least of those amongst us.Support Dove, Inc. as we look to the future with volunteer services including Coats 4 Kids being distributed and Christmas Basket deliveries, service to our community through RSVP, BABES, MAX/DAX, and the Children’s Clothing Room, as well as our programs to shelter those touched by domestic violence and house the homeless.
If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s mission, please re…

Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.

Dear Friends,
“It was a tumultuous time. Marginalized people continued their fight for equality.  A “New Right” mobilized in defense of political conservatism and traditional family roles, and the behavior of the President undermined many people’s faith in the good intentions of the federal government. “
The summary above struck me as I write this, because it is a summary of the year 1970 written for History.com. That was the year in which Dove, Inc. began. Forty-eight years later the names of the key players may have changed, but the national issues are largely the same. Human need is relational, and social injustice is still very much real.To quote another adage, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us this is so, and to some this might seem like a message of defeat.However, I see it as a message of hope for all who are touched by Dove’s service.Because in the past 48 years, we have impacted thousands of individual lives for the better. We have…