A few months ago I wrote a blog called Belonging, which included a bit about a friend’s citizenship ceremony. While welcoming Canada’s newest citizens, the presiding judge emphasized the importance of giving back to the community. She felt that volunteering was a particularly important activity in which everyone should be involved. The judge said it didn’t really matter what you did, as long as you did something. I think she’s absolutely right.
I’ve been volunteering for the Weston Lions Club at Toronto Blue Jays games since 2006. Throughout each baseball season, the Blue Jays give away collectible items to their fans at a bunch of home games. The club hires the Weston Lions to do the actual handing out. The Lions then get volunteers, like me, to work the giveaways, enabling them to put the money they receive from the Blue Jays into charitable causes.
I’ve lost count of how many Saturdays and Sundays I’ve spent at the Rogers Centre in Toronto helping hand out all sorts of stuff – like bobbleheads, baseball caps, T-shirts… – to thousands of excited baseball fans, as anyone who follows me on Facebook will know. It’s one of those few situations in life where everybody wins. The Blue Jays get their promotional merchandise distributed. The Weston Lions receive funds to help continue their important charitable works. The fans get all sorts of cool baseball goodies that you can’t buy in the store. And the volunteers have the satisfaction of doing their bit. Not to mention that, as a baseball fan myself, anything that gets me down to the ballpark is a good thing!
The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter what you do, or how you do it. The important thing is that there are literally thousands of deserving causes to which you can gift your time. So get out there and volunteer today!