By Randy Pierce
“Volunteers are not paid; not because they are worthless but because they are priceless!”
Immersed in the holiday season, this inspirational theme was on the agenda for our blog this week. Usually I rely on the shared stories from our community, my own discoveries, or emailed suggestions from our readers. (We welcome suggestions! Email us.) This week I want to highlight the volunteers who have made possible all of our 2020 Vision Quest efforts. As we approach 2.5 years of operation it still amazes me how much we have accomplished and moreso how much we continue to progress.
While there’s a long list of folks who have made our mission possible in the past, I’d like to give a bit of appreciation for the folks presently giving of their time and skills to ensure we continue successfully. Our present staff includes Tracy, Jim, Beth, Sarah and Rob with two Board members, Rachel and Jenifer, actively working special projects. Similarly a third Board member, Jennifer, coordinated our Nashua showing of Four More Feet.
This list does not include the Board of Directors nor the friends and community members who have been an integral part of many accomplishments. My appreciation for these folks is tremendously high. I’m just choosing to highlight the immediate staff because we are almost always in need of more support, for which you could volunteer by emailing me.
Many of the staff wake up in the morning and sneak in a little time to give to 2020 efforts before undertaking the conventional obligations of their day. Many squeeze in moments of effort throughout their day and still more provide hours of evening support simply because they have the skills and believe their efforts make a sufficiently worthwhile difference.
Sustaining the blog, website, social media, donations, school visits, presentations, financials and business aspects of a charity are no small tasks. Helping us to reach more and more people in more and more effective ways while raising funds could easily be a full time job for a larger staff. Operations rarely occur without an assortment of challenges, urgencies, and setbacks that require extra efforts. I know my own failings in this process often loom larger to me than the successes, but fortunately I can say that every time I’ve needed support, encouragement, or even a motivational boost, someone on this staff has risen to the occasion.
Throughout all of this I get an inordinate amount of congratulations and expressions of thanks. I do try to share these with the staff and Board but the truth is that I often get far too much of the credit. If those of you who get to read this particular post have seen the worthwhile work we undertake and thought an occasional bit of encouragement is worthwhile, I urge you to consider sharing it with the staff of 2020 Vision Quest. Without them, these efforts could not occur. They have my thanks and I hope you might consider sharing yours with them via email, social media, a phone call or in person. They are incredible people and I’m proud to have them as part of 2020 Vision Quest and more importantly as friends in my life. Thank you!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou