The importance of volunteering

I have been fortunate to have great role models in my life, my grandparents, parents and friends that have shown the true meaning of giving back. Now I hope to be able to pass along that same mindedness to my own children. I have two friends particularly that come to mind that took on the task graciously of the care of two elders. These friends have their own busy lives and spend most of it helping others. I won’t mention names only because they do good work all over and never ask for accolades. (Though secretly I applaud them.) They have shown me that taking care of someone does not deplete your reserve for helping others, but actually expands it.

I’ve always had a thing for older people, their stories, their experiences. I’ve also always hoped I would grow up to be one some day. Of course, now the day is approaching with speed and clarity.

It seems to me that sometimes we forget, as a society, that our elders are the very reason we exist. Without them the mistakes from which we learn would be our own and certain skills would be forgotten. History would be lost and our lives would be emptier because of it.

Saranac Village at Will Rogers and Mercy Care for the Adirondacks are co-hosting a volunteer fair today from 11-2 at the Will Rogers facility. The fair hopes to match the 55 and over set with organizations looking specifically for volunteers. These two organizations hope to be able to match each person’s unique skills to an organization.

So everyone out there with just a tiny bit of time to spare may want to see how their own special skills can be put to good use. As for my friends, I can’t image that they have the time but knowing them they would find it.

For more information on this and other programs please call Will Rogers Historic Retirement Community at 891-7117 or Mercy Care at 523-5581.

(as published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thank you for writing this!