MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

April 18, 2014

Let’s all take time to help community

Our community needs your help.

Muskogee’s Nonprofit Resource Center honored 95 volunteers recently at its fifth annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

That is 25 more volunteers than previous years. Good news, but even more are needed.

Volunteers are worthy of honor. We should take every opportunity to let them know they are appreciated.

There are as many reasons to volunteer as there are volunteers. But all who volunteer see a need and hope to meet it.

Our community has more needs than it has volunteers to meet them. You can help to change that.

You can contribute your time, energy and talent to make a difference in our city.

“Some volunteers do 50 or 60 hours, some do 1,000 hours in a year, so that’s a lot,” said Laura Wickizer, marketing specialist for Muskogee’s Nonprofit Resource Center.  

The current volunteer picture might be summed up as a few volunteering a lot, more volunteering a little and most not volunteering.

That needs to change. The few who give much can become burned out. When they do, we lose their valuable help.

If all give a little we can accomplish so much more.

We are all busy, but there is time that can be carved out of most of our days to help out. Skip a television show. Get up a little earlier. Get your whole family involved and treat it as togetherness time. After all, kids who volunteer become adults who help others.

Find a way to fit volunteering into your life.

Muskogee will be better when you do. And you will be better too.

An article by Phillip Moeller of U.S. News cites a number of studies to conclude that people who volunteer improve their lives.

“Whatever the motive, volunteering improves the health, happiness, and in some cases, the longevity of volunteers,” Moeller states.

Isn’t that something we all want?

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