The potential of your presence in your community

“When I was much younger, I was living hand-to-mouth in the Los Angeles area. I didn’t always have a steady place to live, much less anything one would call ‘gainful’ employment at any given time. But I always felt like I was doing okay and was still part of the functioning world when I would go to social events. More often than not, these benefit concerts, community festivals, dinners, charity sporting events, and the like would need volunteers to meet their service needs. I would volunteer quite often, but it was because I could usually get some food or entertainment out of the deal. I felt, alternately, like I was either mooching or getting one over on them!

“The funny thing is that I had so much fun and met so many people at those functions! I have to say that the best memories of those early days in L.A. were with and because of these wonderful people I had met!

“Looking back, I can see that I was beginning to realize, or become aware of, my potential in the community. I wasn’t mooching off of the organizers. They really needed me to do those jobs or they wouldn’t have made them available. We were helping each other. I was helping them help another community and they were helping me to expand my experiences beyond what I could have done on my own.

“Today, I know just how much work and manpower it takes to put together even a small event. I also know how grateful organizers are for the help they get to make a function successful. I know that I am grateful for the volunteers who have helped us along the way and who still do. Volunteering isn’t something that one does just because they can’t do anything else. It’s something one does because they CAN do it. The hands and the heart meet in the actions of a volunteer. There is nothing more valuable.”

-I. Edison Bolin, President, Edison’s Arizona Charities, Inc.

Edison’s Arizona Charities is an all-volunteer organization. We are also a young and small organization. Our volunteers work hard to make The Annual HonkyTonk-N-Hoedown and the organizational fundraisers happen.

Nonetheless, there are many areas that need attention from people with skills and expertise in those areas. We struggle with online presence, marketing, planning, clerical work, outreach… the list goes on. The truth is, there are things we need that we don’t even know that we need, yet. If you are reading this and thinking, “Boy they really need someone to _____,” you are probably right. And you would be the best person to either bring that to our attention or help us fill that void.

All of our tasks are completed by ad-hoc committees that are assembled for a specific purpose. If you are more inclined to be the type of person that wants to know where they can be used rather than identify the need, yourself, these are good places to serve. We may have an empty chair position available on an event planning committee that will fit your skills or positions on one of the chair’s subcommittees. These positions can be a lot of fun, especially since you get to see an event happen from development through completion.

If, however, you don’t feel that you want an ongoing position or don’t want to be in the planning arena, we can always connect you to a sitting volunteer chair who is constantly looking for people to do the hands-on work during an event.

You can also connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to our email list to see the latest identified volunteer need.