"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
– Mahatma Gandhi
I’ve always been a volunteer. It all started when I volunteered at Mossom Creek Hatchery. If you’ve seen my first film you’d know all about that. Sometimes we don’t realize how many organizations are run on a volunteer basis and how much society relies on dedicated groups of volunteers. It’s so important to give back though. I like to spend my time volunteering when I can and it’s usually related to the environment because that’s what my passion is. But there are so many different opportunities to volunteer your time for some amazing organizations and most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work. It’s a much better way to spend your free time and it’s often so rewarding that you want to contribute more.
One of the biggest benefits of volunteering is knowing that you’re doing your part in the community and you get to meet so many people who have the same interests as you that you realize how much people can accomplish in a group of inspired individuals. I know the summer is coming to an end and your time for volunteering is limited, especially if you’re a student, like I am, but plan ahead, find an organization that you want to be a part of, and commit an amount of time that works for you. Set a goal for yourself to find a way to give back and you’ll discover that you will get back as much as you give from volunteering.