Despite social isolationism, volunteerism is on the rise. From the 9/11 Twin Towers tragedy to Katrina and Haiti the 21st century has experienced an increase in volunteerism from 59.5 million in 2002 to 64.3 million in 2011. Volunteers are standing up and stepping out to become more relevant and involved.
Historically, church and community organizations were the hub of volunteers but, as we move towards a more isolationist society with social media being our best friend, individuals are making intentional decisions to become engaged. With flexible work schedules and virtual offices popping up everywhere, people have more control of their time.
The 21st century volunteer model is one where organizations are not advertising for predetermined positions, but rather, volunteers are choosing how and in what capacity they want to assist. Everyone has a unique skillset and interest level; therefore, organizations are developing creative ways for volunteers to bring their interests and talents to assist. 1Peter 4:10 states,” As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”.
Here’s the deal- there is an awakening consciousness of helping others for various reasons. Les Brown wisely stated that helping others achieve their dreams will help us achieve ours. Regardless of our religious belief system, the universal premise is that our prime purpose in life is to help others and, if we can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. It seems that the new awakening movement rests on the promise of self-improvement. But this cannot be accomplished in a vacuum. Part of the journey in self-improvement involves improving the lot of others. Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well”. Therefore, finds ways to share your skills your talents and your life with others. We, at GR3, are always looking for volunteers with a variety of skills. So be sure to visit our Volunteer page and register with us to volunteer.