Volunteering is one of the best ways we know of to make a difference in your community. Whatever your passion, however you get involved, volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact. Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely. Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. As a volunteer you have made a decision to help on your own accord, free from pressure to act from others. Volunteers predominantly express a sense of achievement and motivation, and this is ultimately generated from your desire and enthusiasm to help. Sometimes volunteers are regarded as do-gooders and those that hold that view also assume that one person can never make a differnece. It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what you can do is make that little corner of the world where you live just that little bit better.
Since retiring I have tried to involve myself with activities that provide me a sense of purpose. This particular involvement is a natural for me because I have always loved working with kids, and helping with education for disadvantaged families is a priority for Jenny and me. I started one day per week but quickly moved to two when Tamari asked me why I only came once. I find it rewarding and fun,particularly shooting hoops with the kids after our work is done! Having seen the great work that is being done at the Center, Jenny and I now support the work financially as well. If I had to summarize why I volunteer and support the Center in three words, it would be Tamari,Calvin and Gio.