By: Jason

Back in my college days I was part of a community of students that got together for all kinds of fun and shenanigans.  Looking back, I’m proud to say that sometimes there was even a purpose to our gatherings. Sure, most of our time was spent at Waffle House at 2 in the morning, but sometimes there was some good that was done too.  Every year there would be a group of students who called themselves the “Mechanics”.  Their motto was “See a need, meet a need.”  I’ve always loved that.  I like the idea of a simple mantra that illuminates a way of living life.  A theme, if you will.  Gone are all the complicating and stifling questions of “Should I?” or “Could I?”  No, the answer was there in the motto: if you see something that needs to be done for anyone at any time, you do it. No questions asked.  It was simple and beautiful.

The reality for many us of living in the world post-college means that we can’t just drop everything to serve anyone and everyone at any given time.  It’s tough, when you’re taking your kid to the dentist, to pull over on the side of the road to help the broken-down car with its hazard lights on.  Yet, there is something inside that lights us up when we give out of ourselves.  There’s a simple beauty in rolling up our sleeves and pouring our energy into making other people’s lives better. Some people call this charity, but those who show up for volunteer days, housing builds, and soup kitchens know better. We know that it is out of our giving that we receive.  When we pour ourselves out into something bigger than ourselves, getting lost in it, and seeing the little rewards of grateful smiles and warm hugs, we know that we are richer in spirit and heart for that time.

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Volunteers from Cohn Reznick Cares assembling sandwiches!

You’re probably wondering at this point, “How can I be involved in something like this? How can incorporate this beauty and wonder into my own life and the lives of my friends and family?”

I’m glad you asked.

It’s Volunteer Sign-Up Season at Gateway Center. This is what our Volunteer Coordinator, Bec Cranford, has to say about volunteering at Gateway: “At Gateway Center, we rely on the help of our volunteers for many of our meals, services, classes, and support. We are currently in need of part-time volunteers to assist with our laundry facilities and also in our computer lab.”

Along with these options, there are endless opportunities for both individuals and groups to serve at Gateway Center.  Please contact Bec to get more details on our volunteer process.  Listed below are upcoming dates for orientation.

May 9th at 12 noon

May 9th at 6 pm

May 9th at 7 pm

June 11th at 12 noon

June 11th at 6 pm