New­ton is blessed with the spirit of vol­un­teerism

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The his­tory of vol­un­teerism runs deep and wide in Amer­ica. This great land of ours was built on the backs of vol­un­teers.

Win­ston Churchill once said in prais­ing the be­lea­guered Royal Air Force, who in spite of great odds held off the mighty Ger­man Luft­waffe dur­ing WWII, “ never in the face of hu­man con­flict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” Churchill’s sen­ti­ment can eas­ily be ap­plied to vol­un­teers in this coun­try to­day.

If you travel across this great land, in­clud­ing New­ton County and our sur­round­ing area, you will see parks, build­ings, ball fields, forests and lakes, all built by the sweat and la­bor of vol­un­teers.

You will still see that there are many hun­dreds of or­ga­ni­za­tions like Hospice, Boys and Girls Clubs, United Way’s, Cham­bers of Com­merce and many more in­cred­i­ble non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions all run by vol­un­teers.

You will find vol­un­teer fire­men and am­bu­lance per­son­nel who risk their lives on a daily ba­sis to pro­tect you and me. You will find civic groups like the Ro­tary, Ki­wa­nis and Lions Clubs meet­ing the needs of their in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties as well as the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

You will hear of the great works of fra­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Elks and the Amer­i­can Le­gion and many oth­ers who — through the ef­forts of their vol­un­teer base — help peo­ple ev­ery day and save the Amer­i­can tax­payer bil­lions of dol­lars as well as con­tribut­ing to the in­fra­struc­ture of Amer­i­can life.

The bad news is that th­ese vol­un­teers are ag­ing and while hav­ing the same heart and the same goals, they move a lit­tle slower and sport a lit­tle more gray hair ev­ery year.

This “ gray­ing of the vol­un­teer force in Amer­ica” is a con­cern…, but the good news is we seem to be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new trend to­ward vol­un­teerism among our young peo­ple.

Forty plus years ago, when I first started my climb up the cor­po­rate lad­der, it was ex­pected that if you wanted a quick rise through that world, you paid your “ commu- nity dues” by vol­un­teer­ing. Com­pa­nies took great pride in ad­ver­tis­ing that they were good “ com­mu­nity cit­i­zens” who han­dled their civic re­spon­si­bil­i­ties well. Un­for­tu­nately, many com­pa­nies have aban­doned this en­cour­age­ment of their ex­ec­u­tives to be in­volved in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties

Since I was al­ways ea­ger to be suc­cess­ful in the cor­po­rate climb, I du­ti­fully be­came a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of United Way. I organized blood drives, rang the bell for the Sal­va­tion Army at Christ­mas time, served as greeter for the lo­cal Cham­ber, and raised money for or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Red Cross and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as other non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. I be­came a Jaycee and then a Ro­tar­ian.

As my com­mu­nity ser­vice in­creased, I re­al­ized that my in­volve­ment was not just based on my cor­po­rate growth but on a burn­ing de­sire to con­trib­ute back some­thing to the com­mu­ni­ties I served.

We are in­deed for­tu­nate to have many very civic– minded in­di­vid­u­als here in New­ton County. From what I read in this news­pa­per, the spirit of vol­un­teerism is alive and well here. The folks who were born and bred here have it be­cause without that spirit our com­mu­nity wouldn’t have such a pos­i­tive giv­ing at­ti­tude. The peo­ple who are mov­ing here have it, be­cause many of them brought it with them

Our staff here at The Cov­ing­ton News be­lieves in that same spirit; you will see us in­volved in church ac­tiv­i­ties, in Boys and Girls Scout pro­grams, in Ro­tary or Ki­wa­nis.

Our staff also has board roles in the Cham­ber of Com­merce, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful.

If you re­al­ize you to want to give back to your com­mu­nity, there are many worth­while or­ga­ni­za­tions that would be glad to have you help them help oth­ers.

By do­ing so I know from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences that you will re­ceive spe­cial bless­ings and best of all you will feel good about your­self.

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