The Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged (5th ed.). (2003). East Street, NY.: Harper Collins Publishers posits, “volunteerism is the principle of donating time and energy for the benefit of other people in the community as a social responsibility rather than for any financial reward”. In our society today, there are many people who are not as privileged as some. There are individuals who are hindered by certain limitations whether it be financial, physical or mental. For this reason, they are not able to help themselves as much as they would like to. It is therefore left up to the individuals who are fortunate enough, to contribute their effort and financial resources to assist those who may need it.
Volunteering should be sited as an obligation which is carried out with willingness and joy. The pride that comes along with being able to say to one’s self that they have assisted someone in need or has given back to his or her country is and should be reward enough. I believe that if everyone put aside his or her selfish desires and greed; to contribute to charity, it will help to make this world a better place due to the fact that there may be provision of jobs, homes for the homeless and many other positive outcomes.
There is a quote that always comes to mind whenever I am thinking of dedicating my time to a worthy cause, this person could not have said it any better, it states, “Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Unknown. This quotation is so true, no monetary value can be placed on the time which one gives out of the goodness of his or her heart. The only reward that can be given for such an effort is the undying gratitude of the person or persons who will benefit from this act of kindness. Volunteering gives a warm feeling and fills a gap that nothing else in this world could fill and I would advise anyone to help someone today. To you it may just mean giving up one...