Vol­un­teer­ing: Shall We Give Money or Sort Trash ?

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JORURNAL - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

On­Mon­day, Novem­ber 21, lo­cal Ro­tary Club mem­bers met in the VIP room at the Pat Burns Arena for their weekly din­ner meet­ing. Present at the gath­er­ing were mem­bers, their guests and Mr. Ross Murray, the evening’s guest speaker.

The Ro­tary Club is a phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tion that func­tions through vol­un­teerism and Mr. Murray was in­vited by the Club to speak on the sub­ject at this week’s meet­ing. With the easy­go­ing humour for which Mr. Murray is known, he spoke of the preva­lence of vol­un­teerism in so­ci­ety, who was most likely to en­gage in it, what it may en­tail, and then good-na­turedly ex­pounded upon the pos­si­ble good, bad and ugly aspects, with tongue in cheek, nat­u­rally.

Some in­ter­est­ing points were made by Mr. Murray on the na­ture of vol­un­teer­ing. It re­quires a com­mit­ment of both time and en­ergy. It is, by def­i­ni­tion, un­paid work, which may ex­plain why you have to ask peo­ple to do it. Some of the rea­sons peo­ple gave for not vol­un­teer­ing were a lack of time, an in­abil­ity to make any long term com­mit­ments, and many would rather give money. Based on Mr. Murray’s anec­dotes con­cern­ing his Town­ship­per Day vol­un­teer as­sign­ment, namely sort­ing through garbage, I sus­pect there are at times sound rea­sons to give money rather than your time. But I sus­pect those are more the ex­cep­tion than the rule. He went on to note that many vol­un­teers want to give some­thing back to their com­mu­nity, and in fact, this is a pri­mary rea­son peo­ple do vol­un­teer.

The Ro­tary Club of the Bound­ary is presently in­volved in nu­mer­ous proj- ects that help lo­cal cit­i­zens in a mul­ti­tude of ways, from nu­tri­tional cour­ses for stu­dents to car­ni­val days at lo­cal camps. The ef­fort, the work and the ben­e­fits are all here in our commu- nity. They are the re­sult of those will­ing to give back, to per­form ‘un­paid work’ for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers. There are many ways peo­ple can help one an­other, and not ev­ery­one does have the time, or en­ergy, to make a weekly time com­mit­ment. Those who wish to give money rather than time can still make valu­able con­tri­bu­tions. In Mr. Murray’s speech he points out that one of the pri­mary ac­tiv­i­ties of vol­un­teers is fundrais­ing, in­di­cat­ing those who give money or sup­port lo­cal fundrais­ing cam­paigns are a nec­es­sary part of the equa­tion for suc­cess.

With Christ­mas around the cor­ner, and many lo­cal res­i­dents will­ing to vol­un­teer to raise funds for worth­while causes, per­haps those who pre­fer to give money could do their part through sup­port­ing lo­cal fund drives or giv­ing food or toys for Christ­mas bas­kets. The Ro­tary Club holds a monthly book sale on the first Satur­day of ev­ery month, the pro­ceeds of which help fund their char­i­ta­ble work. CAB Redeker col­lects do­na­tions for Christ­mas bas­kets, and the Stanstead Fire Fight­ers col­lect toys for do­na­tion to lo­cal chil­dren at Christ­mas. The pos­si­bil­i­ties to do our part are there, we sim­ply need to rec­og­nize there are am­ple ways to give, and the good news is that it al­most never in­volves ri­fling through garbage.

Photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

Lo­cal author and ‘funny man’ Ross Murray (cen­ter), seen here with mem­bers of the Ro­tary of the Bound­ary, was the guest speaker at the Ro­tary’s weekly meet­ing on Mon­day.

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