April Is Volunteer Appreciation Month

The month of April is designated as Volunteer Appreciation Month. People often ask me, Jim Daniels, why I volunteer for Meals On Wheels Of Eastern Kansas. It’s about saying thanks and paying it forward. Thanks because one of my grandmothers used to receive the meals, and I believe this is the best way to recognize those strangers for their kindness. I also think of it as paying it forward with the hope that someone else might be inspired by my kindness towards someone they care for.

Volunteering for an organization that you believe in is rewarding in a variety of ways. For many organizations, time is the greatest gift you can give. In return, you gain a sense of purpose when working with others for no other reason than you believe in the mission and the goals. In addition, you make new friends, increase social skills and self-esteem, and sometimes it even leads to new job prospects. On top of that, the work can be fun!

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Month, think of an organization that does work that means a lot to you. It could be animal rescues, Habitat For Humanity, fighting cancer, etc… The list is virtually endless when it comes to groups that would benefit from your efforts. Please consider reaching out and asking how you can help, and then get involved. You and those you are helping will be glad you did!

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