You feel good and you find fulfillment in your service to others. Isn’t that what volunteerism is all about?

Maxine Small, Volunteer

When you are a parent, you learn that your life is not your own. My children introduced me to volunteering. When someone was needed to drive for a field trip, my children were quick to say, “My mom can do it!” When there was a need for a Girl Scout leader or Boy Scot den mother, once again my children were quick to volunteer me. As my children grew up and moved on, I decided I wanted continue volunteering.

I used to work as a manager for environmental services at Bronson Battle Creek so I was familiar with the volunteer program. I had a great experience working for Bronson as an employee. That’s why I came back to volunteer! Now, I volunteer at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center and at the laboratory. Everything has been great!

I have so much appreciation and gratitude for everything the volunteers do for patients. It’s amazing. I find it very rewarding to work with the patients and staff.

Compassion is a wonderful thing. With your will, you can take on another’s personal pain, sorrow and sadness. You can help shoulder their burden. Two things happen when you show compassion for others: You feel good and you find fulfillment in your service to others. Isn’t that what volunteerism is all about?

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