Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain "to benefit another person, group or organization".
Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life.
Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer, as well as for the person or community served.
These are 3 descriptions of the word volunteerism.
The Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG) is a 501C3 organization. We run on the healthy backs of volunteers. Each of the descriptions above describe our volunteer organization. Growing up my mother would have me volunteer from time to time. Each time was a struggle. She would always say “the world is bigger than you” or “other people need our help”, yet it was always a struggle. Afterall I would rather play, watch TV, or anything else. Over the years after she passed away at a very early age, I would always help others but volunteering for an organization or spending a day helping others stopped.
Her teachings of what it was like to give to others have come full circle to me in a very personal way. 5 years ago, I started the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. I initially thought I would volunteer my time to 20 people a month and share with them how I overcame emanate heart surgery by a Diet/Lifestyle change. I knew that heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States and I witnessed it personally within my family. However, it did not hit home until I was given a miracle of not having to have bypass surgery. I was able to heal myself naturally with the food that I ate. Sharing this with other people in my community became my obsession. I know my mom was watching over me!
I opening up my house to people I never met before and explained to them how I was able to reclaim my life with the food that I ate. This continued to the point I felt we needed a bigger venue. As the organization grew people would offer to help me. Today, we have the largest Plant Based Group on earth. This would not happen without our volunteers. So many people who come to our meeting always say ‘You have the nicest and best volunteers!” THEY ARE SO RIGHT!
I LOVE our volunteers! They are always willing to help, never say no, and care so much! What would we be without them? Thank you mom for making me help others. Thank you PBNSG volunteers for showing me what is good about this world.
Together as One!