|They look generally like this, and they show up unsolicited in your mailbox. And unlike 99% of the junk mail we each receive, these publications are actually very useful. The publishers go to considerable lengths to assemble value-added local community information within them. |
Screengrab courtesy of Bay Area Printing.
|Screengrab courtesy of Bay Area Printing.|
I spend my work hours segregated from my child. There was no way I was also going to allow my volunteer hours to cut me off from her as well. Faithful Friends encouraged her to go through the same training I did, and allows her to volunteer alongside me (with appropriate restrictions that I won't describe in this post). This organization has been as much of a godsend to us personally as it has been to our local community.
|A young girl, a dog rescued from the Galveston County Animal Shelter, and an opportunity to contribute to our community.|
In sharp contrast to all of that, there are those rare organizations like Faithful Friends, which demonstrates what I call true Christian principles: they manifest their values and their faith through their actions without shooting off their mouths or endeavoring to tread upon the spiritual identities of others. Those actions stand with great dignity on their own merits. They speak for themselves far more effectively than any megaphoned "join the one true path" solicitation could ever hope to achieve.
OK, that's enough soapboxing from me for one post. Before I close, let me also mention that there is room in Faithful Friends for new members. Sometimes folks read an announcement like the one screengrabbed above, and they figure that the organization represented is so obviously cool and so well-established that there probably aren't any opportunities remaining for meaningful participation by newcomers. That's not the case here. First of all, much of the work done by Faithful Friends is in nursing homes, where about 60% of the residents never receive any visitors. Plenty of opportunity to contribute to that lopsided equation. Second of all, as Laura Elder pointed out just last week, League City is currently seeing a boom in construction of assisted-living facilities. I have heard several times that there is a waiting list for facilities that would like to be included on the Faithful Friends visitation roster, but there aren't yet enough volunteers to meet the demand.
So if you're looking for a volunteer op, there are some of my characteristically-strong opinions for you to consider as you evaluate your potential choices.