Rich says by volunteering you get back more than you give
Volunteerism is the lifeblood that flows through the veins of the University of Guelph. It’s valued, rewarded, and remains an integral part of the university’s culture. As employees, we are encouraged and enabled to serve as volunteers whenever we can, for whomever we are able to help. And to encourage our students, so that they too can see the lifelong value in volunteering. And to gain so much experience and inspiration along the way.
For me, volunteerism is an act of giving something – anything – to help a community in need while expecting nothing in return. It’s about trying to enhance our world one small step at a time. About making lifelong friends. About gaining physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual rewards. By volunteering, you get back more than you ever give.
Volunteering across a spectrum of activities has helped keep it fun and rewarding for me. I’ve raised funds for the United Way, served with various sports associations so that kids and adults might enjoy the benefits of exercise and the joy of being part of a team, assisted groups like the Bruce Trail Conservancy so that others can experience the wonders of nature, and supported impoverished children to help them get an education.
Much of what is good in any community simply would not happen without the contributions of volunteers. Realizing this is perhaps the best motivator of all.
– Rich Moccia, University of Guelph
Photo and story courtesy of Chris Tiessen