Ben­e­fits of vol­un­teer­ing

Kuwait Times - - Local - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa lo­cal@kuwait­

It was a pleas­ant scene when young men who found them­selves at home due to lock­downs vol­un­teered their time and ef­fort to help au­thor­i­ties carry out their du­ties dur­ing the fight against COVID-19. Vol­un­teers are found in hos­pi­tals, car­ry­ing out or­ga­ni­za­tional du­ties, ster­il­iz­ing equip­ment, and mak­ing sure pa­tients com­ing in fol­low in­struc­tions put out by the health min­istry. Vol­un­teers are seen in co-ops as re­quested by the com­merce min­istry, even in some cases mak­ing sure that no vi­o­la­tions are tak­ing place. Some vol­un­teers were taken by the civil de­fense and med­i­cal emer­gen­cies depart­ments and trained by qual­i­fied in­struc­tors to help out when called upon.

Vol­un­teer­ing al­lows so­ci­ety mem­bers to be in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties, and more im­por­tantly, they add to the ef­forts of of­fi­cial au­thor­i­ties. It al­lows youth to learn how to be pos­i­tive in the so­ci­ety as they carry out their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Vol­un­teer work reins in youth and takes them away from bad be­hav­ior, mak­ing them spend their time in ben­e­fi­cial ac­tion, mak­ing them feel that they are wanted, while at the same time this vol­un­tary par­tic­i­pa­tion will lead to hav­ing the so­ci­ety be­ing able to help it­self with the ef­forts of the vol­un­teers.

It is known that vol­un­tary work is a civ­i­lized so­cial ac­tion that is in the form of phys­i­cal ef­fort or even fi­nan­cially to give time, ex­pe­ri­ence or an idea to help peo­ple, with­out ac­tu­ally wait­ing for a re­ward. Is­lam as a religion en­cour­ages vol­un­teer work, as the Holy Qu­ran says: “And who­ever vol­un­teers good - then in­deed, Al­lah is ap­pre­cia­tive and know­ing.” (2:158). Is­lam is keen on di­rect­ing man’s abil­ity to­wards good and con­struc­tive deeds and en­cour­ages for­give­ness, and work­ing for what brings hap­pi­ness to peo­ple.

In fact, the vol­un­teer must be an ex­am­ple to oth­ers, should feel for oth­ers and must be proac­tive, be­sides hav­ing good­will and be­ing ready to do any job no mat­ter how small it is. But all work and ef­forts must be within the law of the land. Let us not for­get the fam­ily’s role in back­ing vol­un­tary work in the so­ci­ety, as chil­dren should be raised in a way that in­stills so­cial val­ues and a cul­ture of co­op­er­a­tion in them.

Vol­un­tary work has many pos­i­tive re­turns - it sat­is­fies the psy­cho­log­i­cal needs of the per­son, gives a sense of sat­is­fac­tion and pro­vides them with com­fort and sat­is­fac­tion. In­deed, vol­un­teer­ing gives the op­por­tu­nity to in­di­vid­u­als to learn first­hand and prac­ti­cally self-dis­ci­pline and good deeds, while be­ing pa­tient and calm in deal­ing with oth­ers in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

Fi­nal word: “The heart of a vol­un­teer is not mea­sured in size but by the com­mit­ment to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers.” — DeAnn Hol­lis

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