"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" -Fred Rogers. A smiling picture of Mr. Rogers and this quote popped up everywhere after the attack on Boston.
A beloved children’s television host, his influence still touches the hearts and lives of those lucky enough to have listened to his life lessons. Even if you don’t remember the train, the puppets or even him feeding his fish, surely you recall him changing from his jacket to his sweater, and from his street shoes to his tennis shoes, at the beginning of every episode and reversing it as he said goodbye at the end. Routine. Consistency. These are what give people comfort and these are what are long remembered.
Volunteers are often highlighted for extreme acts of courage and bravery. But it is the acts of kindness, the creative way you raise girls to be leaders, and the dependability found in the day-to-day, year-to-year, volunteer service we highlight this week. The routine of sharing your time and skills matters to the children you serve. It matters to Girl Scouts. And even though you might not always get immediate satisfaction every time you put on that proverbial sweater, just know that you are making a difference in your community, and ultimately to society.
Thankfully, there will always be helpers, in good times and in bad. But we are most grateful during National Volunteer Week for those of you who are the everyday volunteer who may not realize in this moment, the number of moments in a child’s future you may change just by being present, by being consistent and by being their everyday hero. GSNCA thanks you and wants you to know you are appreciated!