Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents. Things we can do to help. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Whether it’s reading to children, or leading financial literacy classes for hard-working families, or delivering meals to homebound seniors, there are hundreds of volunteer options available every day.
Give the gift of you. Volunteer.
Olivet College 2012 Student Orientation - You can access the presentation by clicking on the title Olivet College Service Engagement
Well, if you have found this website, then you have taken the first step in embarking on one of the most fulfilling journeys of your life…becoming a volunteer!
My name is Bob Monschein. For most of my (very near) 50 years I have lived in “my hometown” Charlotte. I’ve been active throughout my life in organizations that affect not only my life, but those around me. During my first chance at life (more on that in a minute) I was involved in everything from student councils, serving two terms as a city councilmember to 26 years as a union health and safety official. Over the years, I have also been a member of various boards and commissions in Eaton County.
Then like many of us, I hit a speed bump in my life. I retired in 2006 from GM, due to a life altering struggle with stage four head and neck cancer. This cancer and the end result changed not only how I look, but how I speak. Though cancer took its toll on me physically, it has not changed my spirit. As I’ve told many, “thanks to the good Lord, good medicine, and good love from my family and friends” it looks as though I’ve pulled through.
Now, that I’ve been given a second chance in life… I’m committed to help those that need help and to lend a hand to those can’t.
For the past year, I along with other very special volunteers at the Eaton Clothing Center, St. Vincent DePaul food bank and Courthouse Square Museum have “Lived (and worked!) United” helping others in our community. I can honestly say a day or even a few hours, working as a volunteer has been far more fulfilling and satisfying than any day I worked for a paycheck
So, if you are looking for personal fulfillment, making a positive difference in your community and sharing your life learned skills to benefit others… Live United and try out volunteering. It’s a journey you will never forget!
Tips for Volunteering
Think about what matters to you, and be selective about where you spend your time. Choosing opportunities that make you feel good while helping others builds stronger communities, and enriches your own life at the same time.
United Way and community Volunteer Centers work with volunteers and local nonprofits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors to serve. When you work with your local United Way or Volunteer Center, you can feel confident about the quality of the opportunity you choose and about the organization you donate your time to support.
Research causes that are important to you
Whether it’s helping children achieve their potential, helping families become financially stable, or improving people’s health, find out what cause is closest to your heart and make a difference.
Consider the skills you have to offer
Would you like to write an agency’s newsletter? Or would you rather build a house? Find something you enjoy doing and enhance your skills through volunteering.
Learn something new
Volunteering can also teach you valuable new skills that you can use in other parts of your life. For example, learning how to handle crisis calls may help you communicate better.
Don’t over-commit your schedule
Stick to a volunteering schedule that makes sense for you and leaves you time to enjoy the activity.
Consider volunteering as a family
Group volunteering is a wonderful way to bond with your family or co-workers. Not only will you create lasting memories, but you will help someone in need. See also: Volunteering as a Family.