Sunday, August 19, 2012

Volunteerism~ Are You Doing Your Part?

OK~ Today I am struggling with the word volunteer. When it comes to volunteering, why is it that the same parents are the ones to make everything click? Looking back to the days of the 1970's and 1980's they really are not a lot different.  My parents were the youth group leaders, the 4-H leaders, PTA members, the treat organizers, the sunday school teachers, as well as the bus drivers for many events. Maybe that is why that in the year 2012, I am reflecting on what this household has done through the years.

We have been actively involved in the PTO, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, soccer coaching, t-ball coaching, Sunday School, Church Youth Group- yeah, you get the picture. Basically, if we have wanted any type of successful program for our boys we had to step up to the plate to see that it happened. And after 18 years, this Mom is ready to let others step up. It is easy to say, "Ah yeah, they are replaceable." And you know what? What is really, really sad- is that a couple of the things we stepped down from are no longer around for younger kids to participate in.

If everyone stepped up and did their little part, things would all click a little easier. The poorest excuse this Mom has ever heard is a common one, "I don't bake!" Hello-------this is the 21st Century, that is why so many stores have built in bakeries. It is very easy to swing by a grocery store and pick up a couple dozen cookies- seems like a no brainer to me. And you know what, I am not a "star" baker, yet have managed to provide baked goods.

With a new school year approaching. Will you be doing your little part to make everyone's job a little easier? Or, will you let someone else step up to fill in for you? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

1 comment:

  1. Volunteering is something that is very important to me. As life has changed I've had to make some changes to my volunteer work. I had to let something go two years ago and I'm afraid the same thing happened that you talked about, the group went under. I felt so bad, but at the same time, if the parents of the kids in the group couldn't step up and make it work, then I feel like it didn't mean as much to them as it did me, but I do know it meant a lot to the kids.

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