Did you know that April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week? So many volunteers contribute to the work of the Society. Whether it be Executive Council, committee members, Laureates, counselors, journal writers or reviewers, webinar presenters, or scholarship and grant reviewers…we certainly could not do what we do to empower educators without your generous time and talent.
We thought we’d ask one of our super volunteers, Jeff Arnold, why he gives back. Jeff Arnold is an initiate of Rho Zeta Chapter at University of Alaska Anchorage and a lifetime member of Kappa Delta Pi, joining in 1990. Check out his responses.
Why do you volunteer?
“I volunteer because for me, ‘it’s the right thing to do.’ It’s a part of me. Even when I was overseas, I found a way to volunteer. It’s a productive way to spend time, again something to help others, make our community and even the world a better place and heck, I often learn something along the way.”
What do you get out of volunteering?
”Wow – this is quite a range! Be it seeing a newborn baby, or someone hours away from passing, or organizing tables for a conference, each action brings a different fulfillment. Sometimes it’s emotionally trying, but I grow from those experiences. Sometimes it’s joyful which is pretty neat to share. Sometimes it’s like a cool breeze on a warm day, just giving refreshment and peace.”
Why would you want to see others volunteer?
“There are so many opportunities to volunteer. A friend with an airlines disaster assistance office once told me ‘some are better at making sandwiches and some are better at serving them,’ (thank you Nancy Pitts)! With that phrase, everyone should be able to find their niche in some volunteer opportunity. It gets back to realizing we’re all part of something bigger. Even helping/teaching a neighbor kid to fix a flat or work with colors, we can make a difference. Hopefully others will be inspired by our example. ‘So to teach that my words and actions inspire a will to learn; so to serve that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds; so to live that I may guide young and old to know the truth and love the right.’ Pretty good words to live by, eh?”
To learn more about volunteering for Kappa Delta Pi, head to the Get Involved page on the KDP website.