Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.
The recent election has been the focus of the nation for a while now, and now that it is done people are refocusing their energy back to the everyday. But your chance to vote isn’t over. Think about what issues that got you fired up. Why not take that passion and apply it every day of the year?
Voting is all about using your voice and your power to make a difference in the world around you. You vote in order to support people who will make the world a better place. But you don’t need to vote to do that. Many organizations exist with the mission of bettering their community. The people who volunteer through these organizations see something that could be and work towards making that vision reality. They know that volunteers can create the changes they want to see at the lowest levels, at the foundations of society.
This Saturday, I will be joining a volunteer group with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake as a part of the efforts to rebuild homes along McCabe Avenue in Baltimore City. Though there will only be ten of us doing a day’s work, I know that I will be a part of bringing a once strong neighborhood back to life. This is the strongest way for my voice to be heard, even when it’s not election season. Don’t let your voice only be heard once a year – make every day a chance to let your neighbors and your community know that they can work to improve the world around them.
Think about how much power that gives you, that every day can be a vote. This is the time to get passionate and build up the excitement about how you can create the community you want to live in. Why volunteer your time? For the same reason that you vote; because you care and you want to make your voice heard.