Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vocal Volunteers

Volunteer:  a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service. 

This week is National Volunteer Week and survivors come into contact with a lot of volunteers. People who seek to help and give of themselves freely. For survivors, volunteers, especially in hospitals, can make a real difference in their struggles. They are a welcome comfort and support during very tough times.

However, many often support causes and people in their hearts, but struggle to find the time to support them in their actions. Life is distracting and busy. It is easy to let the opportunities to help slip away.

Time, work, assistance, and skill-sharing are the most acknowledged views of volunteering. But, there are ways to be of service that often get overlooked or are under appreciated.

One of the most powerful of these is your voice.

On the surface, it may not even seem like volunteering, but speaking up for things you support and believe in is a beautiful way to be of service. Taking action for people in your words can be one of the bravest forms of help. Expression makes a real difference in awareness and allow those struggling to feel less alone.

Speak up, whether about something near to your heart or pulsing in the global consciousness. It can have a far-reaching affect and lasting ramification.

Volunteer your voice. It is impactful. Share awareness. It is empowering. Speak up. It is courageous.

Just the other day, Ricky Gervais volunteered his voice about animal rights with a post about a giraffe hunter and ignited a firestorm on Twitter.

Over the last couple of years, Angelina Jolie has volunteered her voice about proactive, preventive measures regarding cancer and opened the topic up for women around the globe.

Martin Luther King volunteered his voice in his "I Have a Dream" speech and rallied people to affect real change for equality and Civil Rights.

Otto Frank volunteered the written words of his daughter and the humanity of Anne Frank's voice moved the entire world.

Words matter. They make a difference, for individuals and the human race.

Even an unspoken word can volunteer an extraordinary voice.

In Tiananmen Square, a lone student stood in front of a column of tanks and without saying a word gave voice to non-violent protests which still resounds today.

One voice can be a candle sharing light in a very dark place which leads the way for others to follow. Your voice can volunteer in a unique way which helps others survive and be heard.

Take action. Volunteer. Be willing to be of service. Give of your time, share your knowledge, and use your voice. Help one human being and you help the world entire.

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