Monday, April 28, 2014

Insight - Volunteering, it's for everyone

Our high schools require that graduating seniors have at least 40 hours of community service. Convicted criminals are many times required to do community service. How hard can it be do volunteer your time to help out organizations? 

Everyone from the PTA to Scouts to Summerfest is always asking for volunteers to help. Many times it seems like only certain people are the ones who step-up. 

Okay, you have a full-time job and a bunch of children, who will have to learn to be good community members and one way to do that is to volunteer. Do it together. Need to spend time with your children, here’s a great opportunity. Those few volunteers who step up don’t have more hours in a day than the rest of us. Everyday organization in Windham and Raymond are asking for help. So why is getting the volunteer hours so difficult? 

Finding an hour or two to donate to a worthy cause might mean one less hour of television, or two hours that you won’t spend cleaning your house. It’s worth it to see the gratefulness of the non-profit organizers or to see how amazing the clean up around the public building makes the grounds look.
In a senior class assembly before April vacation, it was announced that 130 seniors do not have the requisite 40 hours to graduate. That’s a lot of students who are not volunteering in their community.
Knowing that there are so many students who need volunteer hours, it is a perfect time for non-profits, churches and other organizations to get projects together to benefit their causes. There are a lot of people looking for hours. Need a rock wall built, or help afterschool? There are high school students for that. Have a weekend project at Donnabeth Lippman Park? Now’s the time to ask for help.

We at The Windham Eagle want to see all of the senior class graduate and all of the organizations in the community be successful, so if there is a project that needs completion before June 8, then email me at and next week we will add a listing of where service hours can be earned. That’s what I call a “win-win.”

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