It is a week to remember fallen heroes -- a week of patriotism and reflection. While we reflect on those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, it is always good to take stock of ourselves, as well. What would we have done? What do we do to make the world a better place?
I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with our volunteers last week. This is always a delight because I have the privilege of working with some extraordinarily gifted people. I never cease to be amazed by GSSA volunteers. So why do they do what they do?
When you examine the literature of volunteering, you find that most people volunteer because they are patriotic. They are altruistic, and this is their way to improve their community and give back. Other reasons are that those who volunteer have strong values, and they hope to install values in those they work with. That is very clear with GSSA volunteers, and we see this illustrated everyday. Others want to better understand themselves and others. I am certain every one of our volunteers has learned something from the girls with whom she works. They are also looking for personal growth.
The literature says volunteering is good for the body and the mind. If you have ever spent any time with a Daisy troop, you certainly understand the good for the body part of that experience with a room of girls full of boundless energy. Volunteering brings new friends, new relationships and a better understanding of the community.
Finally, volunteering makes you happy. As someone who works with girls and volunteers in this endeavor, I know the girls you work with are enriched by their interaction with you. Hopefully, volunteering with girls is fulfilling, and you know, every time you work with them you are making a difference in the lives of others. As you take stock of what you do in the world this week, know that you matter to someone else.