Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion of the world, described the importance of volunteering as, “Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on Earth.” A person who unselfishly donates his or her time and resources in helping their fellow man is fulfilling a commitment to God.
Given that Michigan — and the entire country — is facing one of the toughest economic situations we have seen in decades, more people are seeking help from non-profit human services organizations like the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM). It’s difficult for us to do the best job that we can and offer quality services using paid staff members only. They are dedicated and have the heart, but we can’t do it alone. It’s a massive job considering the growing number of people who need shelter, food, clothing and updated vocational skills. That’s where volunteers can play a big role.
You may feel that you don’t have the time to volunteer because of all of the demands on your time already. But just giving four hours per month can be a rewarding experience. Not only for the person you help, but for yourself as well. Our volunteers at DRMM are friends and partners in our mission.
Volunteers are an important part of any organization’s team. Non-profits need volunteers to lend their expertise in a variety of areas — administrative, counseling, painting, cooking, construction, gardening, teaching, ministering, and more. Whatever you do for a living or as a hobby will more than likely translate into a volunteer opportunity. For example, if you enjoy painting, then volunteer your services to spruce up rooms. If you like to garden, then help the disadvantaged plant a garden that will produce food for their meals. If you enjoy teaching, then tutoring is a wonderful way to give back to the community. Or you could offer to pray with someone who’s in need of spiritual strength. When you volunteer, it not only makes a difference in someone else’s life, but it brings joy and new friends to your life.