To the editor:
The occasion of National Volunteer Month provides a great opportunity to speak out about the many benefits of giving your time and talents to a worthy cause. For the past 14 years I have volunteered at Rosie’s Place in Boston where I have performed a multitude of tasks, including preparing and serving meals; sorting and folding clothes in the emergency clothing room; sorting food in the food pantry; and teaching a class and tutoring reading. I enjoy the time I spend at Rosie’s Place because I know that I am helping women, one at a time, reach the goals that they have set out for themselves like getting a GED or a job or a permanent place to live.
Rosie’s Place, like so many nonprofit organizations, would not be able to help nearly as many women without the hard work of caring volunteers. Last year volunteers contributed more than 65,000 hours of service which is equivalent to 32 paid employees.
I decided to volunteer at Rosie’s Place because I feel strongly about giving everyone–no matter how much money they have–a chance to succeed. I believe each of us has a passion in life, as well as something to offer.
It is rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small. I am happy to help Rosie’s Place achieve their mission of meeting every woman who comes through the door with love, acceptance and support. If you have not already made a commitment to something you care about, this month is the perfect time to start.
18 Woronoco Drive, Natick, MA 01760