It is remarkable that during the season most notorious for being overscheduled and hectic, we see the most volunteer engagement. I am talking, of course, about the Christmas season and how, despite the manic baking sessions, family parties, work parties, and braving holiday crowds in search of the perfect gifts for everyone you love, people are moved by the pervasive spirit of goodwill to cram in hours and hours of volunteer work.
I came to work on December 26th, in a post-Christmas haze. The beautiful madness of the season was over, and I finally sat down to catch up with the mounds of paperwork that have kept me from seeing the surface of my desk. As I worked to update the volunteer hours, I was impressed to see that 634 hours had already been served at Neighborhood House in December (with five more days still left in the month!). A full 100 hours more than 529 we accumulated in November and nearly double the 364 hours served this October!
As I typed names and hours into my spreadsheet, it was inspiring to remember all the great volunteers I had seen over the past weeks. These volunteers came from many sources. They included University of Utah service learning students providing hands-on service in our classrooms, Lone Peak High School’s massive on-site service projects, Molina Healthcare employees coming out to provide turkeys to our families, eBay employees visiting with our adults and providing gifts for all of our adult clients and children, Skyline High School planning and executing a holiday Family Fun Night, and many kind, compassionate neighbors coming out of the woodwork offering to do whatever was needed.
Truth be told, seeing the surface of my desk is overrated. I would much rather be running around with volunteers introducing them to the wonderful clients in our adult day care center or watching preschoolers eagerly gather around as they read a picture book than staying on top of my paperwork. If we can manage to complete 634 hours of service during the most absurdly busy time of the year, we ought to have no excuse for the other 11 months. After three months of increase in volunteer involvement, I do not want to see a sharp decline in January.
So, let’s resolve to volunteer more! Let’s strive for four straight months of growth in volunteer hours at Neighborhood House.
Give us a call at (801) 363-4589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to volunteer. There are so many ways to get involved with our centers. It is amazing how much a one-on-one visit can mean to a client in our adult day care center and how excited a child gets when someone shares a new skill with them.