VOLUNTEER because change happens with you

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

by Lisa Curtis

Although April is National Volunteer Month, every day is a great day to volunteer.

There comes a point in all our lives when we realize that we have a lot to offer others. We have hidden talents – it may have been years since we have given them the time, but talents we have. We have developed expertise over the years through our careers and life experiences. Most of us have probably developed some amazing parenting skills along the way and are at the point of discovering the joys of being a grandparent. With all of this talent and expertise, how best to share them? Now is the time in our lives that we can get more involved in our community. Now is the time that we can volunteer.

When you volunteer it is about lending your talents, expertise, and yes, your time. No matter if you give an hour, a day, a week, or more, your volunteerism makes an impact. When you volunteer you change the world around you. You are affecting your community and yourself.

Imagine the smile on a child’s face when a caring adult reads to them. Now imagine the way you would feel if that smile was meant for you. By placing a caring adult in a young child’s life, it increases the chance for that child to have greater educational success, stronger financial stability as an adult, and greater health outcomes. One touch point can create a ripple effect that can be felt throughout our entire community, and you can be that touch point.

The greatest key to volunteering is finding an opportunity that you are passionate about – maybe you have a unique talent to offer or a lifetime of expert advice. Finding meaningful opportunities to get involved in Spokane County is easy. Spokane County United Way would like to invite you to visit www.volunteerspokane.org. This easy-to-use website matches the right donors, advocates, and volunteers with the right opportunities in our neighborhoods. In addition, you can find ways to give your unused materials and household items to agencies in need of donations, or advocate for causes that you are passionate about!

Building the strength of our neighborhoods takes all of us. It takes you saying “yes, I want to raise my hand, I want volunteer.” It takes you being active in our community in a way that is meaningful to you. Together we will see change.


  • Brenda

    Well said! You’ve both insperd and motivated with this article. What better way to self improvement then improving the world around ones self.