Another “wonderful” winter month has nearly passed and we are heading toward a new spring. A time for renewal and beginnings, and of course, new quilting projects! We are blessed to have such a wonderful quilt guild with all the opportunities to hear great programs, join beelets, and assist whenever we are afforded the opportunity.
This brings me to the point: Volunteerism. We all need to keep this in mind especially when we are part of such a worthy and meaningful organization. Our guild has existed for over 30 years, and we have been able to attract new members, donate handmade items to those less fortunate individuals, create Quilts of Valor for our Armed Services members, and even assist with food pantry needs.
Volunteers are always needed! We have over 100 members on our current roster and nearly 72% of you are members of beelets. Honing our quilting skills and creating lasting friendships is a great thing, but, as with many organizations, we need more volunteers to help with our many other programs.
The Corporation for National and Community Service defines the benefits of volunteering:
Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country.
The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents we:
- Solve Problems
- Strengthen Communities
- Improve Lives
- Connect to Others
- Transform Our Own Lives
Find the volunteer activity that fits your schedule. Organizations need different levels of commitment for different types of volunteer activities. Serving as a mentor, for example, will require a regular, intensive commitment, while volunteering for a walk-a-thon is a seasonal commitment.
Volunteer with friends or as a family. Think about looking for a volunteer opportunity that would be suitable for parents and children to do together, or for husband and wife or a group of friends to take on as a team. Volunteering with others can be a great way to get to know people better and can help keep you excited about volunteering.
We need your help! Please listen to the requests for assistance from our committee heads.Attending our monthly meetings and being a member of a beelet are not the only ways to support this guild.We need YOU, and we need more of you than ever.
Benjamin Franklin is known for this quote; “He who is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
It is very easy to tell ourselves, “I’m too busy as it is”, or, “Let someone else do it”.
I’m not chastising here, but only pointing out that things don’t just happen…someone has to do it.
Thanks and happy quilting!