An inspirational message by DCHR Gabe Trias
at World Rotaract Week Celebration
March 13, 2009, Sta. Isabel College, Manila
According to Wikipedia, Volunteerism is the willingness of people to work on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain.
You, as Rotaractors, should volunteer in addressing your communities' physical and social needs. Begin at the local level. What are your community's needs? This is what you have to ask to organize a service project. You do not look only at the community's problems but consider the community's assets that you may be able to use in conducting service projects. Community assessments will reveal information you didn't know before!
If you want to make a difference in your community and in your own life, volunteering is the way to go. The gratitude you will receive will help you see the importance of volunteering. A simple smile from the special children whenever we visit them to distribute food and clothing; a simple smile from the undernourished school children whenever we give them food to eat for that day; a simple smile from factory workers whenever we honor them for their achievements. A simple smile you get acknowledging their appreciation to everything you do for them. How wonderful you would feel even for just a simple smile.
Searching through the internet, I found these seven reasons why you should make the commitment:
To give something back to others - First and foremost, volunteering is about giving. Organizations like us that require volunteer services are generally involved in improving society and the world around us. When you volunteer, you contribute to our efforts to improve life.
To learn something about yourself - You might find out you have a knack for relating to seniors. You might have compassion when working with people during disasters. When volunteering puts you in new situations, you discover skills and traits you may not have used before.
Because you have a passion - You love animals, so you get involved with an animal shelter. You're concerned about the environment, so you join the Manila Bay Clean-Up project of the district. You practice magic tricks in your spare time, so you entertain at a children's hospital. Put your passion to work.
To develop new skills - Get involved with The Rotary Village and learn how to construct a house. Volunteer in a suicide-prevention program and learn crisis intervention. Some clubs provide training for the skills you will need to use.
To have some fun - An afternoon of baseball as a Big Brother will be far more entertaining than sitting on the couch watching baseball.
To improve your resume - If you're a web designer and you volunteer to build a web site, you have a new entry in your portfolio. Volunteering in your skill area will add experience to your resumè.
To feel good about yourself - Hopefully, when you decide to volunteer, it's not with ulterior, self-serving motives. However, when you sincerely give of yourself to others, it's amazing how good you start to feel about your own life.
Whatever your reason, volunteering can transform you and the world around you.
Here are a lot more reasons why you should volunteer:
Make a difference
Connect with your community
Develop communication skills
Build personal and professional contacts
Meet new people; make new friends
Help those who can't help themselves
Preserve the environment
Build a better future
Lift someone's spirits
Plant a community garden
Showcase good citizenship
Change someone's life
Right a wrong
Help others stay healthy
Put your own skills to work
Make your community safe
Understand new cultures
Assist at school
Feed the hungry
Make the world a better place
Impress your mom
Build your self-esteem and self-confidence
Expand your horizons
Get out of the house
Build shelters for the homeless
Feel good about yourself
Help wipe out poverty
And most of all:
If you consider the many benefits you will receive, you will be asking yourself why you are not more involved with helping a cause!?
It's time to do something! GET OUT THERE AND VOLUNTEER!