23 May Happy National Volunteer Week!
To all the volunteers who support Smart Pups Assistance Dogs and beyond, Happy National Volunteer Week!
This is a very special week for us at Smart Pups to share our appreciation to our many volunteers. We have had the privilege of working with dozens of volunteers who support us each and every day, year after year. As we reflected on the significance of this week of appreciation, we wondered, how we could show the immense gratitude we feel to recognise the contribution of our dedicated volunteers? We all love CHOCOLATE, but beyond putting out a bowl of sweets, how can this message be given in a way which it is truly felt by each volunteer?
For many volunteers, the act of giving itself provides them a sense of intrinsic value that comes from deep within and continues to fuel their drive and compassion. It seems, by reaching this state of personal reward through the gift of giving, is the very essence of human evolution through kindness. By giving of themselves, each volunteer is doing his or her part to make the world a better place for us all. Who wouldn’t be moved by witnessing or participating in these selfless acts? You are not JUST volunteers, but modern day heroes with invisible superhero capes! #notallheroswearcaps
Many quotes have been collected over time that speak to the essence of volunteerism and that sense of the profound human evolution we see every day through the hard work of our volunteers:
“Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” ~Edwin Hubbel Chapin.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~Albert Pike
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ~Edward Everett Hale.
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. When you volunteer, its about the kind of community you want to live in.” ~Author Unknown. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
How fortunate we are to work among such kind and giving soul’s! Wherever they reside, our volunteers touch lives, strengthen communities, and build connections that reach even further.
We would love it if every volunteer, feels the deep and sincere appreciation Smart Pups Assistance Dogs feels for their contribution. Every effort you offer changes our world for the better, each and every day and Smart Pups thanks you all for the precious gift you give.
Volunteers humbly show us every day that we should, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James.
Happy National Volunteer Week and thank you for your contribution and dedicated to helping Smart Pups Assistance dogs achieve our vision, we couldn’t do what we do without you!