Volunteers are needed, more than ever before
Social efforts in rural communities have long been accomplished through the efforts of volunteers. Community volunteers see needs, come up with solutions, and get things done. Jobs that you could not pay to get someone else to do, volunteers will step in and lend a hand, join the effort, and accomplish great things.
What motivates these people? Sometimes, it’s simply a belief in the fact that having the job done will make the world, or their community, a better place; sometimes, that motivation comes from the belief that culture is as important to a community as are fiscal considerations. When people identify a need with their life experience or an aspect of their own background, upbringing, or family history, that belief can be even stronger.
Cultural identity is strong in many prairie communities, whatever that culture or ethnicity might be. Ukrainian, Icelandic, Scottish, English, French, German, or one of many other groups which settled the Canadian prairie provinces, almost everyone identifies with one group or another, and carries on traditions based on that history. People donate to causes that have little to do with their local economy, but much to do with their community and the cultures it is made up of, every day. Many were taught, as children, to revere their roots, and keeping those roots alive for children and grandchildren who may have no other exposure to their family’s origins is an important element of any community.
One example of that is the Burrough of the Gleann Museum in Glenboro. The Museum was set up entirely by volunteers nearly two decades ago, their mission to preserve the records and artefacts significant to the area’s history. Serving as both a museum and an archive, it is run by a group of volunteers and supported by the fundraising efforts of those volunteers. It also provides summer employment to an area youth each year, and the building itself houses other services, such as the Glenboro Community Development Corporation, Spruce Woods Recreation, Seniors Independent Services, and the Manitoba Youth Job Centre.
Like other similar efforts in town, the Museum’s board is always in need of members and advisors, as do groups like the Health Action Committee, Glenboro Community Development Corporation, and any number of other groups in the community.
If you have a spare hour or two a week or would even like to offer your time occasionally for special events, please get in touch with a community group, or the Glenboro Community Development Corporation. A little bit of your spare time could make all the difference to a local effort.
Common culture gives people a reason to work together, but the things that these groups do often has much more far-reaching effects than simply retaining a hold on something that has been important to our past: it also contributes to our future. Volunteers continue to support our community, and therefore, contribute to its future as well, one hour at a time.
To volunteer, please contact the GCDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.