A dedicated volunteer at CVIM recently wrote an ode dedicated to The Heart of a Volunteer. The message hit home, particularly considering last month’s nationwide celebration of Volunteer Week. We are proud to present her piece to you.
“The Heart of a Volunteer”
The heart of a volunteer is that of a strong dedicated individual who desires to give back to the community with much gratitude and pride.
There is an unspoken code of ethics under which volunteers function. For all agencies and/or organizations there is always a need for the services of volunteers. As volunteers we donate our time to do the tasks that paid staff do not have the opportunity to do on a daily basis because of the demand of the current daily duties. Therefore, we volunteers help to keep the flow of the agencies and/or organizations functioning in a positive and professional way.
As volunteers we are willing to put more effort into the task that is presented to us, to be idle gives nothing back to the community, and to me it is an unhealthy situation because I could not and would not feel that I was successful in striving to reach my goal of giving back to the community. There is always an unfinished task that needs to be done, so I ask if there is anything that I might do to help. Sometimes there may be reluctance on the part of administration to ask more of us if we do not show the desire to be productive to help in any way that we can.
Remember our volunteering is twofold. We are paying the agencies and/or organizations because our volunteer hours are counted as dollars and cents given to the agencies and/or organizations. So we are helping in two ways by doing tasks that need to be done and giving a dollar amount each time we volunteer. What we do helps for better services given to the clientele of the wonderful agencies and/or organizations that we serve; to volunteer is to be a good disciple.
If we do not have a feeling of accomplishment after volunteering we should ask ourselves, “What is the purpose of my wanting to be a volunteer?” I volunteer the same way I worked every job that I have ever had. I do my best and walk away knowing that I accomplished what I set out to do.