The Importance of Volunteering
According to Statistics Canada, In 2010 an average of 54% of Nova Scotians volunteered that year with an average of 207 hours. Three years later it has decreased to 51% of voulnteers that year with an average of 181 hours, So why has it decreased instead of increased? There hasn't been a concrete reason but it is most likey due to the increased use of technology. In due time if numbers keep decreasing alot of programs and activities will be lost along with being united as a community. Volunteers support and strengthen a community, they deliver critical services and in the end they have a sense of accomplishment. Taking your time and effort to volunteer can make a difference in your communtiy and can make a difference within you.
Firstly, by volunteering you will support and strengthen your community. ...view middle of the document...
Secondly, by volunteering you will have a sense of accomplishment within your community. Volunteering not only helps others but it improves your self worth. Volunteering bulids self confidence and a postive attitude, reflects postive character traits within you that others look for, and it helps discover hidden talents and conncections within the community. It is never to late to gain new skills and you are never to young or to old to volunteer within the community. Volunteering will always leave you feeling accomplished, satisfied with the outcomes, and it will improve your value on life and your outlook on life.
Lastly, volunteering delivers critical services to those in the community and to those in need. Volunteers aren't only people who organize events but they are also volunteer firefights, the search and rescue, delivering meals to home bound seniors and people who have no home/no income, and volunteering at the hospital such as coloring or playing with sick kids and reading and talking to seniors who have few visitors. Playing with kids in the hospital makes them feel like a kid again and takes there mind away from the hospital atmoshere as well as reading to seniors and spending time with them makes them feel special and leaves a smile on their face. Taking a day out of your time will mean so much to those in need and it will leave you wanting to do it again.
In conclusion, volunteers mean so much to the community and they are what makes some things happen. They are important and needed where ever you go, that's why we need to keep the statistics increasing instead of decreasing. If a group of people decide to start contributing to the community it will make a difference, every person and every day contributed to the community counts. Volunteering does take your time and your effort but evey minute while helping will leave you smiling. "The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others." -DeAnn Hollis.