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Volunteering

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Photo: Courtesy of the Salvation Army

I don’t know about you, but I love to volunteer. I know that it is not for everyone and that in some cases people only volunteer because they need a certain amount of hours to graduate or for a project. It is a shame that with all the resources that are available and the freedom people have, they are not willing to grant some of their personal time to help brighten someone else’s day.

Nowadays, too much time is spent on social networks, video games or television. Let’s face the harsh realiy, the majority of people do not want to do things for free. I recently volunteered at a fundraiser to raise awareness for breast cancer and prostate cancer. I had a blast and helped out for a great cause. As I was getting my coat and getting ready to leave, I overheard something that shocked me. A few volunteers had come to volunteer and get credit for their school, but were expecting to get paid! Wow. Society is seriously becoming messed up if people are wanting to get paid for volunteering. It truly boggles my mind.

Volunteering used to be about helping out someone or something, whether it be a senior, the environment or an event. You would do it because you either wanted to out of the goodness of your heart or to get credit for school. Sometimes it would be dirty, tiring, depressing, but at the end of the day, you knew that you made the world a better place, even if it was just a little bit. I really hope that was just one instance and that today’s generation is not expecting to get paid for volunteering.It just makes me mad.

Go out and help those that are less fortunate. It will not only cheer someone up, help someone who is running ragged because of an event they are doing, but it will give you experience. It will help build up your character and personality. It will help build your people skills and you will meet amazing people who might become your friends. There are some extraordinary people out there, just waiting to meet you. If you live in North America and in some of the other priviledged countries where you don’t have to worry about lack of food, water and shelter, the least you could do is volunteer a bit of your time. For those that volunteer already, keep up the amazing work!

I’m sorry if this sounds preachy, but I just wanted to say it. There is not enough caring in this world. I notice that as each year passes, everyone seems to be more absorbed in what they are doing, and less about those around them. Don’t take things for granted. One day you might wake up and be one of those that are less fortunate and depending on the goodness of others.

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