Volunteering In Airdrie, even if you don't live here
Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 06:00 am
Dear Editor, According to Ghandi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Does it really matter where you live if you just want to help others?
There are unlimited volunteering opportunities in Airdrie, each one offers different possibilities to help a group or individual. However, are there rewards for volunteering?
For my family, the reward is seeing the look on people’s faces after we help them. There are people who volunteer to help me as well. To feel accepted, to succeed, to do well in life. People have helped me at Community Links, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation and my school. Most of these people are volunteers and I don’t think they all live in Airdrie. In my school, there is a teacher from Didsbury, I know for sure she volunteers in Airdrie. My mentor lives on the outskirts of Airdrie and Calgary, but she still volunteers in Airdrie.
Where do they volunteer - the food bank, schools, the police station, Community Links, the Bethany Care Centre and plenty of other places.
If it weren’t for these people, Airdrie would be a very different place. What do you think Airdrie would be like without the festival of lights or similar community functions? No more food bank or teacher giving up their own time to help a struggling student?
I don’t care where volunteers live, as long as they’re here to help us. Thank you to all my volunteers, you make me who I am today.
Kelsey Allan, 13, Airdrie