I know that most adults get volunteerism. We understand that the cost associated with hiring qualified individuals is greater than a lot of non-profit and some for profit organizations can afford. The bigger question is, does our next generation understand.
Kids are forced to volunteer. You can’t pass this class without volunteering x number of hours to one of y organizations. You can’t be confirmed without service hours. You need to track them.
Needless to say, this leaves a bad taste in the mouth of young people about volunteering. What they need is to see examples. What do you do to show your children – young adults and teens – that volunteering is extremely important?
I recently have taken on some new volunteering positions. In the past I have been a catechist – which means I have shared my faith with the next generation. This is really important to me since I am a convert to Roman Catholicism. I have been a girl scout and tiger cub leader. I have done various committee positions within PTA.
My new volunteer positions are a bit more challenging and work intensive.
I am the membership chair for our school district’s Music Boosters. I have set up tables at open houses and curriculum nights. I have done spreadsheets so other officers and committee chairs know who wants to help with what program. I have solicited donations to give away to members so that we can seduce people into joining.
I am the new treasurer for BC United Soccer Association. This involves developing a budget, helping team administrators collect money, and signing checks. In other words, I have to deal with another financial institution other than my own. I also attend monthly board meetings which is just more time that I don’t know if I have.
And, my newest and possibly most intense volunteer position is regional director for the Southern Tier region of New York State Science Olympiad. I am setting up a regional tournament. This is very time consuming. I am working on it now and the tournament is in March.
I do not complain about all this extra “work” in my life. It is a way to give back to organizations that have either been very important to me or very important to my children. I enjoy the additional adult contact. I love the organizations. I love the volunteering.