The Joy of Volunteering

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The Joy of Volunteering

by Hamna Kanwal

Helping one person won’t change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person. Helping doesn’t require a lot of work, simple volunteering is good enough, which is what the Wonderful World of the Y is here for.

I’m a volunteer here at Riverdale Y. I have been since November and participated in many different activities, but I want to tell you specifically about what I did today. The Y had put out a notice asking for donations on daily necessities like toothpaste, and tissues, for those who are homebound due to old age or medical reasons. Today I was organizing the many, many donations the Y received, then packing them into bags with one of each of the different necessities. This act isn’t considered a lot of work, but it for sure made a difference. Each of those bags would be given to those who need it, and I played a role in making that happen.

You don’t have to move mountains to help someone, simple stuff like organizing and packing is enough to take the weight off a person’s shoulders.