According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a Volunteer is: a person who does something, especially for other people or for an organization, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it.
According to the values we hold at NAMI Metro Suburban, a volunteer is a key component of our success and a champion for our cause. As Volunteer Appreciation Week draws to an end, we wish to thank our incredible volunteers who work behind the scenes to help NAMI Metro Suburban excel.
Volunteers, such as those on the board of directors, provide insight, structure and leadership to move our organization forward and further our mission.
Volunteers at the Drop-in Center do everything from straightening up to facilitating groups and sharing their common experiences to help others to feel welcome.
At the Community Wellness Center, volunteers greet guests who visit the Living Room, answer phones, do data entry and help with administrative tasks.
In the larger community, volunteers share their recovery stories and NAMI resources to inspire and educate others. They also facilitate support groups and teach NAMI education classes.
Every volunteer brings a different skill set, knowledge and passion to the organization. Every volunteer gives a piece of themselves to make their corner of the world just a little bit better.
So, ask me again what volunteers are and I will tell you - volunteers are superheroes. They may not wear capes or wander the streets of Gotham City ridding them of villains. However, they are extraordinary people in their own neighborhoods, donating time they do not have with enthusiasm they do. In their generosity, they do not just share their skills; they share their hearts. For that, we remain grateful.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."-Aesop
Written by Nikki Rashes