What do you think of when you hear the word “volunteer”?
According to Merriam Webster, a volunteer is “a person who expresses a willingness to undertake a service. Being a volunteer means that you are offering something that is not required, or an obligation, but something you do out of the kindness of your heart.
You don’t volunteer to become rich, or for recognition. You volunteer because something inside you recognizes your ability to help those in need. You volunteer because you see hope for those who may not be able to see it. You understand you can help, and see your time is worth it. In some way, large or small, you know you can do good for those that need it.
Volunteering will connect you to others that are working toward the same common goal. Through involving yourself in a cause, you are not only benefitting others, but yourself as well.
Being a volunteer means that even the smallest gestures make a difference. Get out there and make your community a little better a day at a time. CEAP has many opportunities to get involved, from our Food Market and Meals on Wheels, to events like Feed the Need and Meals for Minds. Decide what volunteering means to you and go for it.
Make a difference in 2016. Sign up to volunteer at CEAP.org, or call us at 763-450-3679
Brian Johnson, Community Engagement Manager