There are so many things we can volunteer for in our life. There are outreach programs, programs for boys or girls or both, church related things, good causes, at a hospital, and the list goes on. When I believe in whatever I’m volunteering for it can make you feel good.
I think most people when they volunteer they do it for selfless reasons. They want to help whether it’s the needy, the poor, or maybe a group you’re apart of. But are their some that do it just for selfish reasons? I have no doubt in my mind this happens. I think of many of the celebrities out there and wonder sometimes how many of them out there truly care about the cause they support or are they doing it just to make themselves look good to the public. My hope is that they are doing it because they see a need. That they are doing it for the right reasons.
One of the way I like to volunteer is through ACFW. This is a nonprofit organization for Christian fiction writers, editors, agents, and publishing houses to come together for a like purpose: Christian fiction. We all support each other as we move forward with our own goals for writing.
We have a two groups called Novel Track Writing or Editing. I’m apart of both. At the beginning of the month everyone reports in either the goal for how many words they plan to write for the month or how many pages they think they can get edited for the month. I love the accountability the groups bring to the writers like myself. Sometime I love to do is as new emails come in letting the group know how they did that day in their writing or editing, I like to respond back with some encouragement. Sometimes they have done anything and on others they do a lot. Either way, I want to make sure each one gets something to let them know someone noticed. I know when someone responds to my report it, it makes me feel good. My hope is that it does the same for them. You know that age-old saying, “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.”