Mark, Mak­ing your do­ing your part

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Gayle Down­ing or­leansstar@transcon­ti­nen­tal.ca Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

For many of us time is a very ex­pen­sive com­mod­ity.

We lead such busy lives that our time is some­times one of the most pre­cious things in our lives. We want to pre­serve our time, to want save it, pro­tect it and use it wisely. There­fore, for some of us vol­un­teer­ing time is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. For some it is eas­ier to make a fi­nan­cial do­na­tion in some way.

Ev­ery one of us, I am sure, has spon­sored some­one in a char­ity walk, ride, run. Spon­sor­ing some­one to do some­thing has be­come a very pop­u­lar way for char­i­ties to raise money. That can be a small do­na­tion of a few dol­lars or a large amount. Ev­ery one of us, I am sure, has pur­chased a raf­fle ticket and that can be for a small amount or a large amount. Per­haps we have at­tended an event and the price of ad­mis­sion is a do­na­tion to the food bank? How many of us have put money in the ‘boot’ for fire­fight­ers know­ing that it is go­ing to a good cause? Many peo­ple do this sort of thing al­most au­to­mat­i­cally and may not even re­mem­ber the last time they did it.

How­ever, I doubt that there is a char­ity in the world that would not take a large do­na­tion if you are in a po­si­tion to do that. My mes­sage is don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the value of any­thing that you give or do when you are giv­ing to the com­mu­nity in some way.

A lit­tle goes a long way! Those of us that work in non-profit are re­ally in­ven­tive and ex­tremely good at find­ing ways to stretch that dol­lar.

Briefly what are the bar­ri­ers that peo­ple say pre­vent peo­ple from giv­ing or pre­vent them from giv­ing more?

more

they have al­ready given

what cause to sup­port

sup­port­ing and Par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Gayle Down­ing is the Vol­un­teer De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor at the East­ern Ot­tawa Re­source Cen­tre. Gayle has worked in Vol­un­teer Man­age­ment for ap­prox­i­mately 25 years and be­came a cer­ti­fied in Vol­un­teer Man­age­ment in 1996. She pro­vides the Or­léans Star bi-monthly ar­ti­cles on ways to be­come a bet­ter vol­un­teer in Ot­tawa.

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