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Volunteerism is Alive and Well!!
March 30, 2009 - Dave Jakeman
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of helping out at the annual Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day. There was a tremendous crowd that showed up to stuff themselves with pancakes and sausage all while supporting a good cause.
I was pleased.
What really made me feel good was the tremendous turnout of volunteers to help this event go on without a hitch. There were people from Noon Kiwanis and Golden K, as well as children of Kiwanis members, and others who I am not sure where they were from.
I was talking to another volunteer, a man whom I have never met, and he expressed his pleasure in regards to how much help we had. His comment was "Its good to see volunteerism is still alive and well in Fort Dodge." At that moment I felt really good about what we were doing for the community and knowing the money raised will benefit the children in our area.
If you do not currently volunteer for any programs, I challenge you to do so. There are many ways to volunteer in our community. Be a mentor for a student in the Fort Dodge school system; Support Habitat for Humanity ; coach a little league team; see what the Salvation Army needs help with; etc.
The most important thing in my life is my family. I want the best for my family. I want my son to have every opportunity to succeed in life. But I also want for EVERY child to have a chance to make the best out of what they are given. Not everyone has an equal opportunity for success. That is why I volunteer my time to organizations that help children and families.
Whats important in your life? Take that and use it to help others benefit from it. Volunteering doesn't have to be extra work if you enjoy whatever it is that you are doing. The biggest payoff of it all is, when after all your hard work is done, to see how you have touched somone's life in a positive way.
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Thats me serving sausages during the Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day as Craig Schlienz checks out the crowd.