Volunteers – Gears of the Nation

VolunteersHow many volunteers have you seen this week?

I went to the Port Dover Harbour Museum the other day and saw a few.  I have a meeting with a few more who are busy planning an event this week.  There were quite a few at church.  Many do things in the church like the church board which includes things like finance and secretary as well as committees for all sorts of things.  The place was clean because of a volunteer.  The coffee was made because of a volunteer.  The water tank was full because of a volunteer.  Then there are the volunteers who are in the church who do things elsewhere: Boards of Trade, Rotary, Library Board, Soup Kitchen, team coaches, Lions Club, Sorority, etc.  I also attended a function at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover.  It was the Maureen Dodd Foundation annual talent show.  A troop of volunteers made that happen.

If you gave a donation to a charity you are able to feel confident the money will be well spent and cared for because of volunteers.  Not many are visible because a lot of the work they do is behind closed doors.  If someone is part of a board for an agency (and every not for profit agency has a board) then they put in no less than 3 hours a month for at least 10 months of the year.

There are volunteers in the schools who help with all sorts of things, volunteers in the hospital and senior’s homes.

If your life wasn’t touched, in some way, by the work of a volunteer today I would be very surprised.

Do you know someone who volunteers?  I would ask you to pick up a card or a bunch of flowers and deliver them to that volunteer this week.  They don’t get a lot of thanks for what they do and praise makes giving so much easier.

For more on volunteer week in Canada visit Volunteer Canada.

Let us know where you see volunteers this week.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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