Volunteer efforts should continue all year long

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In the past several weeks, our pages have been peppered with stories about various volunteer and philanthropic efforts that have come to a head — many of which are in light of the giving season.

It’s wonderful to see so many generous people willing to reach a little deeper in their pockets and find funds to help out those in need, and we commend all of those who have organized efforts or donated time or money.

But why should we stop there?

Of course, plenty of organizations and businesses host fundraisers and service projects throughout the year, but the peak in participation is undoubtedly in the winter months. Because we are all spending our hard-earned dollars on presents to give loved ones on the holidays, perhaps we feel more compelled to share the love — and that’s great — but what if we split up that time or money and shared it throughout the year?

How many less people would go hungry? How many more children would have the tools they need to succeed? How many struggling families would be able to sleep at night knowing that a generous person has helped keep a roof over their heads?

Sure, several projects in the works right now surpass the winter months, and we certainly don’t want to discount any efforts during the holiday season. We simply want to ask everyone to remember the urge they feel to help others during these winter months, and continue to recognize those feelings throughout the entire year.

Consider donating blood as frequently as you can. Toss a couple of extra canned goods in the shopping cart when you can afford to at the grocery store. Get to know the organizations in your area that benefit causes near to your heart, and find out how you can fit a few hours into your schedule to help those efforts.

Maybe you do find it in your heart to give whenever possible, no matter what time of year it is. We thank you for your generosity and ask you to encourage others to join in your efforts. The more the merrier, right?

We’re very proud of the communities we serve and all the people who make the wheels continue to turn. If you have an effort that could use some assistance, please by all means let us know so we can help publicize it, and if you know an organization or volunteer worthy of praise, we’d be happy to share that, too.


Opinions expressed are those of the editorial board consisting of Publisher Michael Caldwell and editors Ambrosia Neldon, Craig Haupert, Ted Yoakum and Scott Novak.