Where would the disability community be without VOLUNTEERS? A question that touches the heart of every disability outreach in Richmond, and the nation.
Summer is a time of fun and relaxation. A time when the word “vacation” takes top billing in our vocabulary. According to Webster’s Dictionary, vacation means a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation. Time spent away from the normal 9 – 5; a time for self.
Everyone needs time for self; a time to unwind and relax. BUT … everyone also needs time to give.
Many give up some “vacation time” for more then self, but for giving of their time and talents to help another enjoy vacation. Ask most volunteers about their “giving vacations” and they will say, “I had a great time – it was so rewarding. Although I worked hard, it was worth it.”
The nation celebrates National Volunteer Week in April – but we need to celebrate it all year. The need for volunteers is not limited to a few hours, a week or month – it is a year-round event.
According to Webster’s dictionary, volunteer means: a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: proceeding from the will or from one’s own choice or consent; the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service.
Vacation and Volunteer have a lot in common; they both offer great rewards in exchange for time off.
The disability community has great needs for volunteers at this time of the year.
The Richmond Hope Foundation has such a need for their August 8-12th event … 4th Annual Lose the Training Wheels. They seek participants as well as volunteers; an event to challenge the disabled to let go and ride.
Remember the feeling of freedom and pride you experienced the first time you rode a bicycle? This event offers that same experience to children with disabilities – an experience of freedom and confidence that was previously unavailable to them due to their specific condition.
Vacation and Volunteer – if you have “vacation” time and a heart for “volunteering,” offer your services to the Richmond Hope Foundation. Help make this event a memorable event for a child.
For more information:
Richmond Hope Foundation
4900 Dominion Blvd, Suite B
Glen Allen, VA 23060
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