By Rachel Bruns
National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) encourages us to celebrate the service of volunteers and recognize the contributions volunteers make in meeting the social mission of our organizations.
As a membership organization, America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is dependent on numerous people that provide their time and expertise to make our work possible. I’m guilty of often not thinking of these people as “volunteers”. I think this happens, because their time benefiting ASC is so connected to their work, it’s not black and white whether their time with ASC is for work or as a volunteer. When I think about it, this is what makes me even more excited about our work and role as a membership organization. We get to help people do great work in local communities, while learning and growing to advance the field as a whole. It truly embodies the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats”.
By volunteering with ASC, countless individuals are doing their part to lift the entire field of national service and volunteering, which in both the short and long term benefit their state and communities. To use one of my favorite cliches, it’s a win-win.
I’m guilty of letting the day-to-day challenges of our work get me down and I occassionaly have the thoughts “why am I dealing with this?”. Reflecting on the tremendous engagement and support from our membership and volunteers, provides a much more positive response to that question.
Thanks to the countless individuals who have volunteered with America’s Service Commissions, past and present. The list of board members, committee chairs, and committee members is endless. We truly are “uniting states in service”. Thanks to our network for modeling the service we encourage in others.