About 2442 years ago a dude named stated “the essence of life is to serve others and do good.” So not only has the concept of volunteering been around for a while but it also has defined what makes human life real. April is National Volunteer Month. Aristotle would dig this. Please join me in celebrating all the volunteers throughout the region, country, and world that truly make a difference (and as a shelter pet I am of course bias to those improving the lives of pets in need).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics most updated report (2015), 62.6 million people volunteer annually in the United States generating a value of (although how do you put a dollar amount to a cuddle - which is my favorite thing I get from volunteers?).
The volunteers (past and present) of Second Chance Humane Society have, without any doubt, given me a second chance on life. I wag and play today thanks to the countless volunteers over the years who have contributed to this organization, including the handful that started and nurtured the organization for the first decade of its life. Second Chance was born and raised on the selfless and generous hearts and souls of volunteers (Aristotle also said that the whole is the sum of its parts).
My mind is full of their many images: smiling volunteers taking me on walks and teaching me new things to help me toward adoption. Those working hard at the Thrift Shop to raise the funding for my care. Others working our community outreach programs in schools and educating the public on the importance of spaying/neutering pets and of treating us with respect and kindness.
Volunteers bringing special needs shelter pets into their homes. Those volunteering at adoption events and spay/neuter clinics or bottle feeding babies that arrive without their mothers. Those working fundraising events so that the organization can continue its mission.
Volunteers helping with administrative and other behind the scenes tasks. And volunteers (also referred to as Board Members) working hard to assure the health and success of the organization so that second chances like mine will always be available.
So for National Volunteer Week, please take the time to appreciate yourself and others for all that you do or hope to do. Volunteers truly do make the world a better place. They give me hope and restore my faith in humanity. On behalf of all the homeless and helpless pets in need across the planet – Thank You.
And if you haven’t yet caught the volunteer bug I urge you to give it a try. Volunteering has been shown to general health and wellbeing, for example strengthening the body, improving mood, and reducing stress. It allows people to feel connected to something bigger than themselves and creates community.
I now volunteer myself as your new family member. My name is Newton. I am a 6 month young handsome Aussie/Doodle mix. I am an upbeat and sometimes downright goofy boy with lots of energy. I am learning and improving upon my leash and basic training every day. I get along well with other dogs and love to be outside running and playing with friends. As your new family member I will volunteer to not only clean the dishes but make you feel forever loved.