Volunteering is not just for the holidays

Nov 28, 2011
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by Julie Stutzman

‘Tis the season to be jolly and serve others! 

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season often sparks a cheerful spirit in us as we give gifts to family and friends, donate money to charities and spend time volunteering around our community. Kiwanis clubs around the globe have spent their holidays serving others, oftentimes the same ones each year.

I have a challenge for you this year.

While you and your club may have traditional service projects, make this year special by serving beyond the holiday season. During your holiday volunteering projects, start to cultivate a relationship with those you serve. While you’re on site ask the leaders of the organization what their needs are throughout the year. Plan a short project after the holidays to reconnect and serve.

Just like the true meaning of the holidays can get lost, the true meaning of volunteering can get lost. Volunteering is not just about putting in the hours to reach a quota. And it definitely is not just for the holidays. Volunteering is about the people we serve and the impact we have on their lives.

Make it a goal for your Kiwanis club to serve the same group numerous times throughout the year. By serving throughout the year you hopefully will see the true impact Kiwanis has had on the group.

Happy volunteering this season!

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