Volunteering: Shall We Give Money or Sort Trash ?
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.
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.