Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Volunteer Work …An American Tradition

American Tradition
From the days of neighbors pitching in to raise a barn to the many service organizations of today, volunteers have kept democracy alive. Regardless of your age, or experience, you can be helpful to some organization or cause. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average for the last five years, 28% of Americans have volunteered annually. That really doesn’t sound like a lot, considering the opportunities available. You can read to the elderly, collect, prepare or distribute food, mentor youth, provide management assistance, teach, tutor, or fund-raise Improving the community is only one aspect of volunteerism. Also valuable are the advantages offered to those who volunteer. For the student, volunteer work offers valuable job experience and the opportunity to learn new skills. Women who want to return to the work force find volunteering a good introduction to the job market. Volunteering is an alternative to boredom, an outlet for creativity, a chance to be productive. Volunteerism is an introduction to interesting people and activities. Volunteer hours and goods are sometimes measured in terms of dollar value. The true worth of volunteerism is beyond measure, both to those who receive added quality of life and those who feel the satisfaction of giving of oneself, one human being to another. Volunteer. Help carry on this valuable American tradition.

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