I think there's real power in connection and influence and someone who is a resource to the entire community. Everything we do here is about developing nurturing a culture of service in this community.
And helping the next generation of leaders grow and become who they are meant to be.
The Volunteer Center exists to inspire a more engaged community by helping people find their purpose and act on.
The Volunteer Centers is more then finding volunteers or creating service projects to volunteer. I think we create opportunities to get connected to the community and also to become leaders in our community.
There are just so many ways that this organization impacts people in the community whether it's professionals looking for leadership opportunities or young people looking to learn how to serve on a nonprofit board or whether it's people that are in need of something. There's something for everyone and it's hard to miss people when you have an organization that covers all the bases that way.
It's unique in our community because it's a one stop shop. You can come here and not only receive training to benefit yourself but you also have the opportunity to benefit so many different areas of Lubbock. The Volunteer Center is helping volunteers get connected with organizations. They are helping organizations build the capacity to handle volunteers and to utilize them in a more effective way. They're training leaders to go in and serve on the board of those organizations. They're training their staff to help the staff of the other organizations become more effective. So it's creating a virtuous cycle.
People can plug in any way they want to at any time.
I think our community is so much stronger when we all come together. And when people are in places that they're excited to be in that they're passionate about and I think service, partnerships, leadership, all the things that we do here are really contributing to that larger community impact. And it just takes ones and twos and threes to make something really wonderful. And it does matter. And it does make a difference and it ripples out in ways that none of us are going to ever fully know. There's a lot of difference. That's going on like a ripple in a pond and affects people and their children and some of the people that the Volunteer Center has impacted and will impact are not even born yet.
Having served in some way shape or form with the Volunteer Center for 15 years has absolutely influenced my life. it's influenced the way I operate at work. It's influenced the way I try to raise my family and its influenced just about every piece of me.
I feel fortunate every day that I wake up and get to do something with the Volunteer Center. It's a continual renewed sense of doing something good in the community. And it seems like just about the best way that a person can spend their time.
Since I have been part of the Volunteer Center I've realized that I'm not sitting back waiting anymore for people to come ask. I'm out there up front searching for ways to help volunteer.
The Volunteer Center today is a really strong, viable nonprofit agency. I think it is admired throughout the state of Texas.