A volunteer is an individual who freely and willingly offers to undertake a task or provide a service. The best volunteers are those who turn their passion into action.
Paul Williams is an outstanding example of an American Red Cross volunteer who turned his passion into action. Paul is passionate about serving Veterans and Veterans’ families. Consequently, Paul got involved with the American Red Cross Central Texas Service to Armed Forces (SAF). Since that time, Paul has tirelessly committed himself to the betterment of SAF and serving Veterans and has made many notable contributions to the chapter.
One of his most notable contributions is the role he currently plays in the Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project is part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Paul collects veteran interviews from the Central Texas Region and makes copies. More impressively, Paul chooses to go the extra mile to giveback to the Veterans by creating a keepsake DVD copy of the interview for the veteran and their family. What may seem like superfluous effort to some of us is only natural for Paul because it is something he enjoys doing and wants to do more of – it is his passion.
Like Paul, if you are considering volunteering, it is important to find an organization and cause that shares or embodies your passion. As a result, you too will find that rather being an item on your “to-do” list, volunteering becomes something that you enjoy and want to do more of.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer but have not yet found an opportunity that you feel passionate about, I recommend first looking at opportunities at your local Red Cross chapter. Opportunities include everything from getting certified to teach a variety of safety classes to reconnecting families displaced by disasters. There are also volunteer opportunities to support blood drives or to provide community services, international services or disaster relief services. Visit http://www.recross.org to turn your passion into action.