Friday, March 31, 2017

Be the HOPE


When people become involved in their communities they take ownership of the problems facing all residents.  Community engagement is about people working and learning together, gaining strength from each other and sharing visions and actions that lead to a common goal.  Volunteering is a great way to begin your community journey, but did you know there are already many dedicated volunteers serving in our community? There are opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved and make great things happen. We have national, state, and community-based organizations that help mobilize all of those cherished volunteers, but did you know the need for volunteers never decreases? There is always an opportunity to get involved with something you care deeply about. Do you want to help build homes, help keep our environment clean, teach someone to read, delivery a nutritious meal to a shut in, rock and read to babies, or respond when disaster strikes? All of these volunteer opportunities exist right here in our community and much more.

Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program sponsored by Dove is just one avenue for those 55 and older to get involved in their community and share their talent and experience with members of the community who are in need of a little love, encouragement, and hope. Volunteers can get started by calling anyone of your local non-profits and asking how you can give hope to those they serve. There is a whole network of volunteer coordinators who strive to find volunteers of all ages the perfect place to offer hope and they would all love to hear from you.

 National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 23rd-29th and it is a great time to show volunteers in our community a little appreciation and anyone can do so by simply saying thank you to the volunteers you encounter daily at local hospitals, libraries, museums, food pantries, community events, and neighborhood programs. Or you can get started volunteering now and be the hope your community thanks.
Charlie Gillaspie
RSVP Program Director

Charlie Gillaspie (L) with Sheryl Whisman, RSVP Coordinator in DeWitt County

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