Why do I volunteer:
I volunteer because I have no reason not to. I love my city. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and my whole family still lives here. I want to do anything I can do to help my community and the people in it thrive.
Growing up, my family received help in the way of public housing, food stamps, WIC, and even donations from our local church. Now as an adult, I am able to care for myself and there is no reason that I shouldn’t help others in any way that I can.
I started volunteering to give back. What I didn’t anticipate, is that I was also “getting”. I have met so many genuine people and I am so enriched having known them. I have been hugged by a stranger who wanted to thank me and it filled my heart to no end. There isn’t a single time I show up to help and someone doesn’t make me smile which automatically brightens my mood.
I started volunteering to help others. But when I lay my head down at night, I feel good knowing that I helped someone. I made someone else’s time maybe a little less difficult without even putting forth that much effort. Why do I volunteer? Why don’t you?