This is a copy of the speech by Anne Marie Negri- Budzinski, executive director of Mosaic in Indiana, delivered at the volunteer appreciation ice cream social May 14th.
“A quote which really resonates with me is ‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take but by the moments that take our breath away.’
As I look around the room I see a sea of faces. Each face tells a story; so many faces, so many stories. You come from many different backgrounds. You have many different life experiences and yet you all have at least one thing in common, your willingness to give your time to help others.
“One of my favorite quotes is: ‘To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world,”-Anne Marie Negri-Budzinski
I am humbled by your generosity of spirit and your compassion for your fellow human beings. It is all of you who so generously give your time, your warmth, your humor and your caring.
As a volunteer you give time.
Time. The most precious resource in our lives.
Your time volunteering must be valued but we can never put a value on that time.
How can you value something that is priceless?
As a volunteer you bring much to this organization. Skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership, inspiration and more.
You choose to donate the most precious commodity in the known universe.
We may count your time in numbers. We may attempt to count your time in cash value.
One of my favorite quotes is, ‘To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.’
You may never know the profound effect that you have made on a person’s life. A kind word, a gentle touch or a listening ear can mean so much to someone who is sick, in pain or lonely. You generously give your gift of time to make contact, provide support and encouragement and perhaps provide humor to make someone’s day a bit more bearable because you have taken the time to care and to listen.
You give of yourself and bring with you your life experiences, skills, abilities, compassion, intellect and humor and ask for nothing in return yet you receive friendship, appreciation and satisfaction. You volunteer for many different reasons but for whatever reason you volunteer, you provide support, skills, talents and abilities to give someone hope and strength and the courage to face another day. You do not ask for accolades. You give your time generously without any expectation of reward. Yet you receive the reward of comradeship with other volunteers who you may never have met otherwise. Lasting friendships, social activities and fun may be just some of the unexpected rewards that you gain from your volunteering experience.”