January 4, 2013
Council Member Stephanie Martinez
We have something very unique about our great state: Utah ranks first among the 50 states in resident volunteerism. That is pretty amazing! We volunteer in our children’s schools, our places of worship, as coaches, and at shelters and food banks, contributing our time and skills. Many people volunteer to gain new experiences, to learn the value of caring, to create, and to connect with people, while making meaningful contributions to their community.
As each of us set new goals and resolutions, I would like to challenge the members of our community to undertake the task of continuing the winning streak of being amazing volunteers. These acts of kindness can be as small as helping an elderly neighbor or volunteering an hour or two at a local school. Other possibilities on a larger scale are: being a chair of a committee for our Family Festival, spending a Saturday to clean up a trail, or coach a child’s sports team. The value of such acts goes much deeper and becomes more fulfilling to us, our youth, and our community through volunteering—and our children learn personal responsibility, resilience, and compassion, through caring for those who may be suffering. Together—as a family or group—or individually, our time, given freely, binds communities together, by helping those in need or by just being another set of helpful hands. And, as a Girl Scout would say, “To Make the World a Better Place.”
Our great City has many opportunities to volunteer. To sign up, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to connect you, your family, or youth group to an area of need. “Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds” (President Bill Clinton).