December 12, 2012
I love volunteering for The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. Why? Because it’s a place where I can use my gifts and skills to bless others and nothing feels better than that!
My association with this organization is quite by accident. It’s one of those – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know! One of my most wonderful friends works for Food & Friends – she was looking for volunteers and that’s all I needed to know. It wasn’t that I was particularly passionate about this organization, it was because I cared for the workers that I became a volunteer. The passion grew.
What an amazing journey it has been. Volunteering for The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington has allowed me to be involved in the community; meet new friends; make a difference and have fun while doing it. Life doesn’t get better than that!
My ‘volunteer style’ is of the episodic volunteer. Basically, that means I like to volunteer for something that has a specific beginning and end. I’m not very effective sitting on a board or committee or anything that takes a long collaborative time to process. HOWEVER, if you ask me to sell raffle-tickets at the upcoming dinner/dance fundraiser – I’m in! I love the thrill of being totally immersed while I’m volunteering.
I’ve found several volunteer areas in The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington where I can utilize my episodic volunteering gifts. Where can you have more fun that filling up water bottles at the annual Guelph Rifest? Or how about selling tickets and being the ‘runner’ at the Fall Gala? So much fun, while supporting awesome staff in an organization that makes a significant positive impact on the lives of children and their families – right in our own community.
I may never see the recipients of my volunteer efforts, but I know they are out there. I read the impact statements; I see the fund raising dollars grow; I know this organization makes a difference…and for that I am grateful for the opportunity to volunteer with them.
Volunteering is a great community sport – it’s free and fun – give it a try – you’ll be glad you did!