Many volunteers work together to promote the well-being of others in our district community. Sometimes the volunteer work involves attending bimonthly meetings to ensure cohesive functioning of the district. Others volunteer from their homes, making goodwill phone calls to fellow members, sending cheerful notes in the mail or announcing social activities with others via email. Our volunteers use their gifts and talents in areas that interest them. They are happy people because they see the benefits of the work they do. It is no accident that studies show that people who volunteer after retirement enjoy greater health and maintain a more active brain. No matter the type of volunteering done by our members, we all appreciate the hard work they have willingly offered to do for our district community.
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote periodically in elections to make a difference in society, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” (Author unknown)
As we age and health restrictions set in, or our role as essential caregivers to loved ones takes precedence in our lives, some of our members are not able to continue their volunteer activities. We are grateful for what they have been able to offer, and now look to support them in their time of need.
Our retired teacher community of Renfrew District 21 is now in need of volunteers to step forward. For people who enjoy sitting down with others to organize, plan, express opinions and problem solve, consider joining the district executive. For people who enjoy providing goodwill during times of illness or times of celebration for members in their geographic area, consider putting your name forward. If you are comfortable with communicating electronically, consider offering to use this skill to share information with others regarding social activities in your particular geographic area.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” (Elizabeth Andrew)
If you have not volunteered in the past with RTOERO, consider stepping forward now. Perhaps you will be encouraged by others to step forward. It is a rewarding path to take. Worried that you won’t know all the ins and outs of a role? No problem with the excellent mentoring that will be provided! If every member who is able takes a turn, we will surely have the most caring community imaginable. Please say yes!
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” (Oscar Wilde)