Saturday, January 19, 2013

National Day of Service should be year-round

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Day weekend always includes a National Day of Service. This is an opportunity to emphasize volunteerism to a citizenry that already has shown a dedication to the cause. If you're looking to do something special this weekend, go to the National Day of Service site and conduct a search for Cheyenne and vicinity. If you're looking for ideas that transcend this weekend, just take a look around and find a place that blends your passion with a crying need. Spend a week in the hospital and you realize there's a big batch of volunteers which supports the paid staff. They transport patients, supervise the gift shop, staff the visitors' center, raise money for the foundation through events such as "Denim and Diamonds" and "Breakfast with Santa," and so on. Several of my retired friends volunteer at the VA Medical Center, shuttling patients from their homes to their doctor appointments. Meals on Wheels is always looking for people to deliver meals to homebound folks. The Davis Hospice Center uses scores of volunteers at its excellent Cheyenne facility.

And that's just the medical field. You can build houses for Habitat for Humanity, serve meals to the homeless at the Comea Shelter, tutor students, shepherd visitors through the state museum, serve on the board of directors of your favorite non-profit, be an usher for the Cheyenne Symphony, etc.

Time to get busy....

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