Realizations: Servants for every season
Friday, October 26, 2007
By Rachel Chisholm
the cold weather paired with Halloween candy in abundance stirs
something in me that I love. Fall is here, and a jacket will soon
become everyone’s necessary accessory.
With the fall season comes so many things worthy of mentioning. One
thing in particular that I can’t help but dwell on is the sudden change
of heart that people seem to have this time each year.
Referring to this time of year as “the season of giving” perplexes me.
Why is this the more appropriate time of year to give? Yes, the
holidays do create a sense of nostalgia and make us feel good, but it
seems ludicrous to block out this time as more heavily focused on acts
of service and generosity than any other.
I hear about effective things local places such as Jesus House, City
Rescue Mission and others do for the community. Food drives are held by
various groups and organizations to provide families with food for
Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. I feel passionate that these are
wonderful and necessary ways in which the community can be reached.
However, I feel there is much more that could and should be done by
Many volunteer-based organizations have continued trouble with keeping
people interested long enough to seriously commit to even one simple
day of volunteer work. A friend of mine recently explained a day in the
life of a coordinator for such a volunteer program. She expressed that
the only thing that is predictable about her day is that it is
unpredictable. She mentioned that almost daily she receives calls from
eager groups promising some 30 members of their organization wanting to
give an entire morning or afternoon of their time. This eager phone
call is soon followed up by a regretful one, explaining only five
members could actually make it for only a few hours. Hearing this
didn’t really shock me, and perhaps that is the most discouraging thing
about it. I am sad at the lack of attention we give to serving one
another and the negative connotation that is associated with volunteer
work in general.
Most Social Service Clubs on campus require their members a certain
amount of social service hours to remain a member. This is a good
thing, but only if it is enforced and made a real priority. I logged my
social service hours when I was in club, but now wish we had all
appreciated the opportunity and fully realized the magnitude of what we
were doing then. It makes so much sense to me for our clubs to put a
greater priority on the amount of service in which they participate.
After all, the title is Social Service Club and not just Social Club.