Volunteer – a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.
Last month I had the pleasure of attending our annual Volunteer Banquet. I would like to thank Mike Arrington, our Athletics Recreation Specialist, for the idea of such a special way to recognize and thank the many people who help us do great things within our community. I would also like to extend this thanks to his assistant, Heather Henry, and all who helped put together such a wonderful evening. It was an honor celebrating all those who give their time freely to help others.
We have volunteers that serve in many different areas here at Parks and Recreation. Our volunteer coaches and assistant coaches help with our youth leagues, but there are also those who help with our preschool, school age, teen, and senior programs. We have volunteers who help cook for our special events. We also have those who love to share their talent and knowledge with others in handy skills such as gardening, photography, and event planning.
Volunteering has many benefits. It helps connect you to others in a social setting and being social is good for your mind and body. In some cases, it may help you advance in your career. Volunteer hours look great on resumes! Whatever the reason is for volunteering, it brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
The benefit of connecting you to others really resonates with me. Many of the volunteers who attended the banquet had never met each other until that evening. Even so, they spent time socializing with one another, and sharing how they came about the opportunity to volunteer and be a part of Parks and Recreation family.
There are many ways and places to volunteer. Do you have a gift, a talent, or a passion that you would like to share with others? Do you like to help people? If you answered yes, contact me to learn about our many volunteer opportunities! The goal of volunteering is that it is enjoyable, while you will reap the appropriate and much needed benefits. Know your limits as well, whether you commit once a week, once a month, or only on special occasions. The important thing is that you enjoy it and you create an enjoyable experience for those you serve.
Sue Jurjevic is the Senior Recreation Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.