Over the last few years, I have found myself very driven to spend a great deal of my spare time volunteering. I have always liked helping people so this step was a natural progression in my desire to offer my time to help those in need. With a background in hospitality and a passion for cooking, it came as no surprise to me that I have combined all of those things about myself and I have become very active with our local Food Bank.
When you weave your way into the world of volunteering, you see just how many people are right along side of you, driven by the same aspiration to lend a hand where they can. The faces you see in your daily life suddenly become the hands behind the volunteer work that you didn’t know they were a part of. They don’t do it for the recognition, they simply do it because they want to help.
I have been very fortunate to become a part of a group of people with a vision that continues to grow to serve our small community. Sure, there are a few people who need more recognition than others and an occasional public pat on the back, but there are always a few of those people in every crowd. Thankfully our intentions come from the same place and we put forth the same effort to achieve the desired results.
If you have ever entertained the idea of volunteering, I highly recommend it. Just knowing that your efforts make such a difference in people’s lives, regardless of where you volunteer your time, is a truly heart-warming feeling. And there is no shortage of places that could use an extra pair of hands or two. The amount of time you commit to volunteering is always up to you but every second you spend helping those who struggle is well worth the time you take to show other people that you care.