Volunteering is an amazing way to give back while helping your community at the same time. I hate to admit it, but I used to be the person who “never had time” to volunteer. But while attending Ball State, I was required to fill a number of hours volunteering as a result of classes and my sorority involvement.
It turns out, after volunteering a few times, I found that I really loved it. I also found that my favorite time to volunteer is during the holidays. There is something about the ‘Christmas spirit’ that adds to my experience and makes it even more memorable and special.
Here at Purdue Federal we are encouraged to volunteer – even during work hours. You see, each employee receives 8 hours of paid time-off to volunteer with a local organization. We get to choose when and how to use it. I had the pleasure of speaking with a few Purdue Federal employees about their volunteer experiences and this is what they had to say:
“I volunteer simply because it helps others. It lets them know that they are loved and someone is thinking of them.” Diann
“The reason I volunteer is because I find it satisfying to help other people. I enjoy mostly doing things for the children. I lost a grandchild and had a granddaughter severely injured almost a year ago. People were very generous and supportive. I want to be able to pay it forward as much as I can.” Nancy
“I enjoy doing things for others. It makes you feel good inside knowing you are helping make someone’s life a little better. I really enjoy working for Habitat for Humanity. You never know what kinds of things you’ll get to do. I have hung siding, helped put on a roof and secured rafters before drywall. These are things I have NEVER done before! Being able to help make this a house a home for someone is an amazing feeling!” Julie
“The ‘Stitchers’ are a group of Purdue Federal employees who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting items for the community. Two of our community projects include creating hats and blankets for preemie babies at the local hospital NICU and making lap blankets and shawls for the elderly in a local nursing home. We enjoy using our hobby to help others. ” Becky
Credit unions were founded on the principle of ‘People Helping People’ and Purdue Federal has made it a priority by providing its employees the resources to give back to the community where they live and work.
You’ll find employees cooking turkeys for the LUM Thanksgiving dinner, filling and supplying Holiday Bags for the children on the back pack program, baking holiday treats for the homeless/shelters, and purchasing Christmas presents for children as supplied by the Salvation Army “Angel Tree”.
If you find yourself with some free time this holiday season and you feel like helping, there are always volunteer opportunities in your community! If you don’t know where to begin, start with the United Way. I can tell you from my personal experience that volunteering enriches the holiday spirit and makes you feel pretty good inside.
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