In your experience how has volunteer work proven to be a value to your or your community?

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By Shandi Cameron

There are so many ways to volunteer whether it be with your school, church, local senior centre, libraries or any other places that welcome volunteers. When I think of how volunteer work is important in a community, I think of how this summer there will be the Kinkora 2014 Habitat for Humanity Build for Colleen McCarvill and her family. Without Volunteers it wouldn’t be possible for the build to happen. It's going to be a lot of work but with all the fund-raising that the community has done and the people willing to volunteer, I'm sure it's going to be a huge success! As for how volunteering is important for people to be involved in, I think people don’t know how beneficial volunteering can truly be. I find it to be a rewarding experience that gives me a sense of accomplishment. Volunteering can lead to making new friends as well as help build social skills which can be a big advantage down the road. Everyone can volunteer, but the best volunteers are the ones who do it for the right reasons. Some people volunteer simply because their friends are doing it, because they want to look good or because they want to put it on their resume. I believe volunteering should come from the heart. It should be something that you are passionate about and you should want to do it because you want to help out your community. Volunteering teaches responsibility, can help a person decide what they want to do with their life, can give the reality check that there are people less fortunate, and give a feeling of satisfaction to be giving back to your community and I think the things you learn about yourself and others is what make volunteering as important as it is.

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