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Volunteer Network Column

Thursday, January 31, 2013

We all have busy, busy lives, especially some of the working moms and dads that still have kids at home. But it is amazing how many of them find the time to do something to give back to the community.

For some, it is a matter of sitting on a committee and helping out by making a few phone calls or taking notes. For others, it is a mission and spending every spare minute going from one project to another. It may be helping out with ball teams, volunteering at school, or the Y, or a multitude of other activities where they see a need to pitch in. In a community this size we need all parents and young adults to get involved, even in the smallest way. And what a great way to show your kids a good example of helping others.

If you say no one has ever asked, consider yourself asked right here. Please get involved.

After the kids leave home it does free up some time for the empty nesters. It frees up time to focus on work, spending time with other adults and maybe a weekend here or there visiting kids at college. Some empty nesters are finding they do have a lot more free time to get out and about and get involved. You folks are prime candidates for stepping up and getting busy in the community. You could volunteer as a couple, or as individuals. But laying on the couch and watching TV for an entire weekend does no one any good. Please, get up and get involved.

The next step is retirement. Ask anyone who recently retired how it is going and you will get one of two answers. One will be busier than ever, and the other is bored stiff. Then see which one seems happier.

Make a point to do something for someone or try to help out somewhere once a day, once a week, or even once a month. I can't imagine what it would feel like to get to the point of not being able to volunteer and thinking I've really not done much to help anyone my whole life, and now I am not able. Please, get involved.

There is a list of opportunities on the Volunteer Network website: volunteerclaycounty.com or call 580-4865. Thank you.



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