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The‌ ‌Holiday‌ ‌Season:‌ ‌Going‌ ‌Beyond‌ ‌"Feel-Good"‌ ‌Volunteering‌

woman helping another woman with documentVolunteer‌ ‌Management‌ ‌guru‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌Susan‌ ‌J.‌ ‌Ellis‌ ‌wrote‌ ‌about‌‌ ‌the‌ ‌countless‌ ‌charitable‌ ‌projects‌ ‌available during‌ ‌the‌ ‌holidays‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌“organizing‌ ‌or‌ ‌volunteering‌ ‌for‌ ‌toy‌ ‌drives,‌ ‌turkey‌ ‌banquets,‌ ‌or‌ ‌other‌ feel-good‌ ‌and‌ ‌help-those-in-need‌ ‌activities.” ‌She‌ ‌suggested‌ ‌that‌ ‌volunteers‌ ‌could‌ ‌rechannel‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ seasonal‌ ‌holiday‌ ‌energy‌ ‌and‌ steer‌ ‌toward‌ ‌a‌ ‌year‌-‌round‌ ‌commitment.‌ ‌

Although‌ ‌her‌ ‌message‌ ‌is‌ ‌over‌ ‌two‌ ‌decades‌ ‌old,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌still‌ ‌viable‌ ‌as‌ ‌we‌ ‌enter‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌holiday‌ ‌season.‌ ‌Dr. ‌Ellis‌‌ ‌suggested‌ ‌taking‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌remember‌ ‌the‌ ‌importance‌ ‌of‌ ‌caring‌ ‌all‌ ‌year‌ ‌round,‌ ‌the‌ ‌gratification‌ ‌of ‌helping‌ ‌others,‌ ‌and‌ ‌suggests‌ volunteers‌ ‌could‌ ‌bring‌ ‌meaning‌ ‌to‌ ‌this‌ ‌time‌ ‌of‌ ‌year‌ ‌while‌ ‌also‌ ‌making‌ ‌a ‌year-round‌ ‌commitment‌ ‌to‌ ‌serve.‌‌

Volunteers‌ ‌assist‌ ‌people with disabilities, ‌or‌ ‌those‌ ‌60‌ ‌and‌ ‌over, apply for public benefits that can save them money and meet their basic needs to stay safely at home for as long as possible.

​One‌ ‌of‌ ‌these‌ ‌enduring‌ ‌volunteer‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌is‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌‌Benefits‌ ‌Counselor‌ ‌at‌ ‌LifePath.‌ ‌Volunteers‌ ‌assist‌ ‌people with disabilities, ‌or‌ ‌those‌ ‌60‌ ‌and‌ ‌over, apply for public benefits that can save them money and meet their basic needs to stay safely at home for as long as possible. ‌ For‌ ‌example, ‌volunteers‌ ‌can help‌ ‌with‌ ‌applications‌ ‌‌for‌ ‌services‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌SNAP‌ ‌or‌ Fuel‌ ‌Assistance. They also provide information about available resources‌ for ‌home‌ ‌repairs/home modifications, utility/phone discounts, etc. ‌This‌ ‌holiday‌ ‌season‌ ‌consider‌ ‌gifts‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌talent‌. Just a ‌few‌ ‌hours‌ ‌weekly ‌can‌‌ say, ‌“Happy‌ ‌Holidays”‌ ‌365‌ ‌days‌ ‌a‌ ‌year.‌

Pat‌ ‌Sicard‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌Volunteer‌ ‌Manager‌ ‌for‌ ‌RSVP‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pioneer‌ ‌Valley,‌ ‌Franklin‌ ‌and‌ ‌Hampshire‌ ‌counties,‌ ‌a‌ Senior‌ ‌Corps‌ ‌Program‌ ‌sponsored‌ ‌by‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Action‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pioneer‌ ‌Valley.‌ ‌Contact‌ ‌Pat‌ ‌at‌ 413-387-1286‌ ‌or‌ ‌‌This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.‌.‌ ‌Ginger‌ ‌Elliott‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌Volunteer‌ ‌Coordinator‌ ‌for‌ ‌Hampden‌ County‌ ‌and‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌reached‌ ‌at‌ ‌413-387-1296‌ ‌or‌ ‌‌This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.‌.‌