M2 Minute: Volunteering is the backbone of Craig, Moffat County
April 25, 2013
“It’s clear to me that volunteering is alive and well in Craig and Moffat County. Without our volunteers there would be no guarantee our programs and resources would continue to thrive for the betterment of our residents.”
— Corrie Ponikvar, director of Moffat County United Way, about the importance of volunteers.
It may be cliché, but I find a lot of truth in sayings such as, "It takes a village to raise a child," or "Volunteers are the lifeblood of a community."
We are fortunate to live in a community where many of our residents believe in the benefits of volunteering.
In fact, Colorado ranked 13th in volunteering hours in the nation, according to the Federal Agency for Service and Volunteering, and every year Craig and Moffat County residents dedicate thousands of hours to serving others.
Think about all of the individuals who donate their time and resources to strengthen our community.
You see them on the baseball diamond and the football and soccer fields; at the ice rink and on the basketball court as a coach or an official.
They serve at the soup kitchen, as special advocates or secret Santas, purchasing and delivering Christmas presents for children and seniors.
They assist patients at the hospital or help at the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Moffat County Tourism Association offices, directing visitors to their destinations.
They beautify our community by planting flowers, helping to maintain landscapes and picking up trash along the highway.
They work as greeters at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, as 4-H and Boy Scouts of America leaders, bell ringers, fundraisers, classroom volunteers and event organizers.
And those who serve on boards ensure through their work that we have strong schools, hospitals and government services; vibrant parks, culture and recreational opportunities; and viable nonprofits and churches.
It's clear to me that volunteering is alive and well in Craig and Moffat County. Without our volunteers there would be no guarantee our programs and resources would continue to thrive for the betterment of our residents.
We also witnessed through tragedy the profound impact volunteers can have on people. Last week, in Boston and Texas, we witnessed how volunteers made a difference in the lives of those affected. By volunteering, we strengthen and make a positive difference in our community.
Volunteering not only provides us with some of life's most rewarding experiences, it allows us to strengthen our community in a collaborative effort with some great people.
Volunteering reminds me of an old Chinese proverb that says, "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap; if you want happiness for a day, go fishing; if you want happiness for a month, get married; if you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune; and if you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else."
To experience one of life's most enriching, empowering and rewarding experiences, consider volunteering today, and if you are a volunteer, our community thanks you.