Guest Editorial: Volunteering makes a difference

Guest Editorial: Volunteering makes a difference

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - By: Jimmy Hill, River Region United Way President, and CEO

I know, you like the jacket don't you?  We all like things that are bright and shiny and while they catch our eye, bright and shiny objects can also be a distraction.

It's no secret problems with education are in the spotlight these days. Rightly so, we're all being encouraged to vote for new leaders on the Montgomery Public School board.

Like this coat, the problems are easy to see but let's look beyond the problems and consider this:

We all have a shared responsibility here. Our task as a community is improving the lives of kids, a majority who live in poverty, who find themselves trapped in a failing system. Yes, elections can eventually change the system, but you can help a child today.

The River Region United Way recently completed our Days of Action project at Davis Elementary School. Nearly 140 volunteers gave over 800 hours of volunteer service over four days. Fourteen-hundred new books were distributed, but most importantly, 135 children spent time with caring adults in a positive atmosphere where we all laughed, learned and envisioned a day when college and career readiness are a given, not just a hope.

Use your time and talents to invest in the life of a child.

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.

We all vote in elections, but when you volunteer, through your action, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.

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