Volunteering is time well spent

Chronicle editor Lindsay Chung commends community volunteers and service organizations for making our city a better place to live.

A wise person once said: “time is like money; it isn’t how much you spend, but what you do with what you have.”

Certainly a commendable aspiration, considering how short life really is.

The realities of modern-day life, however, seem to strip away at our precious time at an ever-increasing rate, making it difficult to spend time wisely.

Faced with these tugs on personal time, it is remarkable and noteworthy that many among us find the time to volunteer.

For that, we are grateful.

Volunteers help build welcoming, supportive communities that are rich. Rich, not in the sense of wealth, but rather in terms of activities, events and services that help enrich the lives of everyone in the community.

In most communities, sports of any kind would not exist without the community members who volunteer their time to coach.

Service organizations such as the Rotary Club, Lions Club, the Kinsmen or Eagles, to name just a few, offer their time in service to the community, in addition to raising money for special community projects.

Then there are events like this past weekend’s Arts on the Avenue and the Show and Shine car show the weekend before that or the Sunday night Concerts in the Park series that just ended — and so many other events we love. These are organized and run by tireless volunteers who give countless hours.

Volunteers always say they give their time to give back to the community Giving back to a community you care for is always time well spent. Try it, you just might like it.

—Nanaimo News Bulletin with files from Lindsay Chung