One of the most effective ways of giving back to your community is volunteering your time. Every fun event, fundraiser or non profit organization requires a tremendous amount of volunteer hours. Giving back to our community has always been very important to us personally and to our business. Most of the volunteers that I know don't necessarily have the time to volunteer but they have a passion for a certain cause or just a passion to give back to their community.
The opportunities to volunteer in our community are endless. You can donate your time to places like the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, 2nds to Go Thrift shop, Safe Harbors new Sister Sallies Thrift shop, Light under the Big Sky, the local chamber of commerces, and schools. The simple act of planning a parade in town takes hours and hours of planning and many volunteers. You can also simply help a neighbor in need by raking leaves or shoveling snow, help a busy mom by watching her kiddos so she can take a nap or make a meal for a community member who is under the weather.
Fundraisers and Charity events take months of planning and lots of volunteers to make the event happen. I can tell you from experience that it is not easy planning an event. It takes a lot of time and energy but once the event happens it is a very rewarding experience.
Our community is made up of some of the most passionate people and we feel so honored to work side by side with these amazing volunteers. I have noticed that we are seeing less and less people stepping up to volunteer lately and it makes planning community events very difficult. If we don't get people to join us in our volunteer work some of the awesome community events that we have come to enjoy will unfortunately won't happen. I encourage everyone to reach out and find an event or organization that you would like to volunteer with. I promise that you won't regret your decision to get involved.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who work tirelessly to make our community a better place. I am personally involved with Mission Valley Animal Shelter, Polson and Ronan Chamber of Commerce and am always in awe at the work of the volunteers and members of the Board of Directors. From the bottom of my heart...Thank you!!