February 2014

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“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”    Flora Edmonds

Gold Key Volunteers truly understand the principle of giving to others in need.  A Thank You note from a family recently served by Commission on Aging reads “To all the volunteers who helped in any way to help our mother enjoy life better and longer:  If it wasn’t for you, time would have been much tougher on Mom and the family.  Just remember—Volunteers are very important people!  Keep up the good work—and share your love again, Thank you!”

When I asked “why do you volunteer?” I received many replies including:

  • “Because I enjoy helping people”
  • “Helping others makes me feel good”
  • “I needed to fill in time, now I enjoy every minute of it!”
  • “I like the feeling of giving”
  • “I try to pay it forward for when we need it”

Again and again, I hear volunteers say by giving of themselves they receive so many good feelings in return. The Gold Key Volunteer circle of service is complete.

 

By Ginny Cain, Gold Key Volunteer Program Director