Happy National Volunteer Week! The Webster definition of a volunteer is: “a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.” As I reflected about the many different volunteers we have at Safe Haven, so many words came to mind to describe their characteristics. Then, I thought I’d be nifty and stick it into a word collage to visually show all the ways we describe our volunteers. These are just a few of the words that came to mind- the list could go on and on!
Once I stepped back and looked at the collage, I was overcome with gratitude. I am amazed at the caliber of volunteers we have at Safe Haven. Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.” It’s not about how much time you give. It’s about what you do with your time that’s important.
What an awesome group of folks we have serving at Safe Haven. From playing with the children, to preparing meals, serving as teachers in our classes, to being a listening ear for the families…we are truly thankful. I know I sound like a broken record, but without you, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish our goals! So, thank you!
As we transition back into our new facility, our needs will grow. Are you looking for a way to plug into Safe Haven? Not sure how you can help? Send me an email at email@example.com. We have a lot coming down the pike. In the meantime we recruiting volunteers to be on our social media message team and volunteers for the 9th Annual Hike for the Homeless. (If you are interested in the social media volunteer opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in volunteering for the Hike, please click here.)
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the volunteer program at Safe Haven. Hang tight and enjoy the ride with us!
Your volunteerism is truly a work of heart.
Stefanie Tinnell is the Community Relations Manager at Safe Haven Family Shelter.