Submitted by Kath Pengelly, Lifeworks volunteer and advocate coordinator
Did you know that in Hastings there is a web site where you can see amazing volunteer opportunities throughout the city all in one place?
The Hastings E-volunteer Network is celebrating its first year of posting and placing volunteers. The web site is sponsored by the United Way of Hastings and can be found at www.unitedwayofhastings.org. There are opportunities for everyone: individuals, groups, and families, with the option to participate during the day, evening or on weekends. Take a peek, you will be surprised. You could be an everyday hero right in your own community. Lend your muscle, open your heart, and make a difference.
Patti Kieffer, a retired nurse, found her volunteer opportunity through the E-volunteer Network. Once a week she volunteers at Lifeworks Hastings. Patti helps in the art room, offering encouragement and support while Lifeworks clients create, explore and discover their passion for art. When asked why she volunteers, Patti said, “Going to Lifeworks enriches my life; I always leave feeling like I get more than I give.” “The staff are so creative and caring; I am honored to be there.” Patti also went on to say, “Hastings has many wonderful charities, it is a tribute to our community that so many people volunteer.”
I asked Patti if she had an, ‘Ah Ha,’ moment after spending time with us and she said, “All of the people served by Lifeworks are so proud of each other and their work. I feel very humbled and blessed to be a small part of their life. Life does work.”
How about you? Someone once said, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.” Live United, volunteer today. Please call me at 651-365-3720 or email me at email@example.com. There is an opportunity waiting for you.