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Bill Gosse youth sports column: Volunteering is a win-win thing

12:25 AM, Apr. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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This past week, I was fortunate enough to attend a volunteer recognition event presented by our local volunteer center.

It was a special event because those who give of their time without expecting anything in return are rewarded for their tireless efforts.

Actually, it wasn't simply for those who won awards, but a celebration for all volunteers and those who cherish them.

National Volunteer Week is April 21-27 and it doesn't matter where you live or how you do it. Volunteering is a great way to directly or indirectly help someone feel good. It's also the perfect recipe to help you feel special by willingly serving others.

I've always enjoyed watching people, whether it's in an airport, at a sporting event or during a banquet like this. Passengers, fans and volunteers, come in all ages, shapes and sizes.

The young nominee at the next table appeared to be twelve years old, but acted like he'd been volunteering for years. Even though he didn't win, he was as enthusiastic when he departed as when he arrived. I could tell he was volunteering for the right reason - to help others - not himself.

Here's the wonderful thing about volunteering: You don't have to be an expert at something to help someone else. You don't have to be able to walk to fill a need. To give of oneself, it's not even a requirement to be good looking.

I applaud that boy and his family for encouraging him to give back.

Here are some tips from pbskids.com on how to be a good volunteer:

? Be selfless. Selfless is the opposite of selfish. Don't think about what you can do to help yourself. Think about what you can do to help others.

? Be well-trained. Know what you're doing as a volunteer. If you need some time to learn your job, take that time, because it'll be easier, plus you'll have more fun.

? Be dependable. Do what you say you'll do, and do your best. Don't show up late, and always keep your promises.

? Be enthusiastic. Don't moan and groan your way through your volunteer work. If you really don't like what you're doing, find something else.

? Be open-minded. One of the really great things about being a volunteer is the chance to learn and experience new things.

? Be respectful. Always remember to show respect for other people and other cultures.

? Be cooperative. Work as part of a team to make sure everyone gets a chance to participate and do his or her fair share of work.

? Be understanding. Try to see things through other people's eyes.

? Be humble. Humble people don't brag or go around telling everyone about all the good things they've done just to get some attention or feel superior.

? Be friendly. Treat others like friends, and they'll do the same for you. You might just meet someone who becomes a buddy for the rest of your life!

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
573 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1013 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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