Radio Activity: The value in becoming a volunteer
All branches of the military have a sarcastic adage that states, "Never volunteer for anything." This quip may hold true for an organization with somewhat baffling management practices, but for communities such as ours, those offering up their time, effort and resources are crucial to its continued health and prosperity. Becoming a volunteer benefits both the community and the individual.
You may be asking yourself, "Why should I volunteer? Can't I show my support on Facebook or Twitter? What if I donate a few bucks?" Throwing cash at problems can't solve everything. Neither can a show of support via social media. Sometimes it takes the continued efforts of an entire community to resolve various issues and build towards a better future. Sounds all grandiose and Pollyanna-like doesn't it?
For those Gen X'ers and Millennials who have a healthy disdain of sugar-coated hype and need to see the bottom line, here's what becoming a volunteer can do for you:
● Build confidence through learning how to deal with people as equals who may hold differing opinions. Learning to compromise for the good of the whole, is an important life skill.
● It looks good to potential life partners and employers. Becoming a long time functioning member of a volunteer organization provides a type of vetting that one cannot purchase. It says that you have the emotional intelligence/capacity to work towards a common goal.
● Actions speak louder than words. Volunteering is democracy in action, in the present tense. Your efforts support those programs that align with your particular set of beliefs and values.
● Build valuable social karma by "paying it forward." No person is an island and life has its uncertainties. You may be the person in need of services and support someday.
Want to know more? An informative "volunteer fair-style" meeting will be held Nov. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Two Harbors High School. Representatives from area organizations such as the AEOA, RSVP, Community Partners, Two Harbors Area Food Shelf, Ecumen Scenic Shores Care Center, Two Harbors Public Library, Lake County DAC, and Two Harbors Community Radio will be there to talk about their respective volunteer opportunities.
KTWH-LP, 99.5 FM, is a volunteer-driven non-profit serving the town of Two Harbors and surrounding area with a broadcast range of 10 miles. It streams online at ktwh.org.