GVC Team 16-09: India, Japan, USA

St. Mark's School Wako Kokusa High School John Muir School GVC United Nations



Unsung Heroes



"We make a living from what we get. We make a life from what we give. What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world is immortal." ­ George Eliot


Florence Nightingale

Jockin Arputham

Muhammed Yunus

Miep Gies



In every corner of the world you will find individuals who unselfishly devote their time, energy, and talents to serve humanity regardless of the cause. On occasion these nameless faces put their lives on the line in the heat of war, natural disasters, and times of political unrest. They are driven by some internal passion linked to an incident that transpired in their lives ­ like a mother who volunteers her time to a runaway shelter in hopes of finding her own son or daughter. Then there are the "court ordered" who perform community service, or the parents who participate in fundraising activities at their child's school to satisfy an educational criterion. The reasons why people volunteer are as numerous as the cause.

Same speculate that it is as old as mankind, but what is certain is that volunteerism continues to be a meaningful pastime for young and old alike. According to researchers  a volunteer is more likely to be:
* People with a strong belief or need to help others; and
* People who enjoy recreational activities

Organizations such as churches, social service agencies, civic groups, educational institutions, healthcare facilities or even political organizations also benefit by having access to a low-cost or cost-free labor pool. While volunteer costs are minimal compared to hiring a full or part-time staff person to perform the same duties, organizations still must do their fair share to retain a competent volunteer pool.

Volunteers, like regular paid staff, should be recruited, screened, and trained. They should be assigned to perform tasks befitting of their skills and experience, and they should be the recipients of comfortable work environments. In addition, volunteers should be rewarded for the work they perform, although such rewards are not expected. Conversely, volunteers ought to be equally selective about the organization or cause they support.

When choosing a worthy cause, volunteers need to research and analyze the issues that are important to them to find the best match. Consider what skills you have to offer and the experience you could possibly gain. Also, consider how much time you have to volunteer and what it means to genuinely give from the heart. If you cannot find a good match, then why not start a volunteer service of your own.In a period when funding is in short supply, these unsung heroes are hot commodities worldwide. With a little ingenuity, specialists and agents must continue to create a climate that is mutually beneficial to  the volunteer, and the communities they serve.
"Volunteering is a fundamental building block of civil society. It brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind ­ the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety, and justice for all people."

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