It is a great opportunity to shed light on voluntarism as we were celebrating the INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY 2011 days ago. I would like to extend my huge respect to all volunteers around the world for their remarkable efforts. Here in this article I will briefly reflect my understanding on the subject of voluntarism.
Volunteering work is very important to every nation . It is considered complementary to the work of official service provided to community members. Volunteering is an act or acts performed by a self-motivated individual to serve society and its members, in one of the areas of concern to community. Voluntarism if founded on rigid & concrete grounds, the results will be impressive and will reflect the image of coherence of the community, and here I have to thank each volunteer who has served his community and contributed to its progress.
Here are some points which I consider in my humble opinion very significant for both the volunteer or who want to be one.
In order to serve community & get distinct results out of volunteering work :
1- The volunteer has to be committed to work and appointments. In other words, enjoying the beauty of the work he/she is doing. For example, if requested by the institution , he/she must be committed to the performance of that work , as well if required to come at a certain time, he/she must be disciplined, because goal setting and work in those hours specified , will inevitably lead to success in that work.
2- voluntary work is a place or room for creativity, because the person himself is the one who determines the nature of work he/she wants to help over. It is not imposed upon him/her .
3- who wants to be a volunteer must determine the goals that he wants to achieve through his/her work. Clarity of goals leads to success, and here it must be pointed out that the foundation of volunteering work must be serving community as priority one. Personal interests have to be excluded.
4- voluntary commitment is a fertile field for hard work. I advise the retired to the direction of this work in order to stay connected with the community , and also to divert part of their energy into it. Not only that, the scope of work in volunteering will benefit from their experience and will evolve.
5- Volunteering work reflects the culture of the society and the extent of cohesion in resolving its issues. This culture should be transferred from one generation to another in a sound manner. That will consolidates the principles of voluntary work in young people & will make them feel important. There lies the sense of sustainability .
6- Institutions and bodies, either governmental or private , that are interested in volunteering and community service programs , have to clarify their respective areas and urge community members to participate in those programs.
I hope everyone who loves his society start thinking of ways to serve his community and offer his best to become a useful member of it.