By DAVID DEATON
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact it has on a community. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together.
Volunteering allows you to connect to the community and make it a better place. However, it can benefit you just as much. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, helps to expand your knowledge, and can make your day a little more fulfilled.
We at the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County rely on volunteers to help us in a variety of ways such as working with the children, helping us in the office, sitting at our booth at a community function and much more.
Volunteers at our Heavener Club location are teaching the kids how to make quilts. Because of volunteers, kids at that site are also learning karate.
At our Poteau site, 19 volunteers and 122 volunteer hours have been used just in the month of October.
Kim Price, a student at Northeastern State University is volunteering her time to organize our first ever basketball tournament. She has been a great asset to us in the planning stages and we could use more volunteers in helping with the tournament.
The 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament is being held at Pansy Kidd Middle School Gym on December 3-4 starting at 8 a.m. If you would like to enter a team, the entry fee is $100 per team. But, we need volunteers as well. People to run concession, collect money at the door, organize a hospitality room, we also need some referees. Plus, somebody to run the score board and help us to clean up after the tournament is over.
We can always find a place for you. We also know that is the first week of Bandit Basketball for the City of Poteau, and we will work and schedule around any of these teams who would like to participate in our tournament.
So, if you want to see the kids of today have a “Great Future” tomorrow, if you want make new friends and strengthen the community, come volunteer with us. You can also volunteer by spreading the word about our tournament and getting your friends to enter a team into the tournament.
Even though volunteering doesn’t give you a paycheck, it is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and it’s fun. So maybe there is a “paycheck” after all.
If you would like to volunteer, enter a team in the tournament, or find out more about the BGCLC contact our office at (918) 647-7136. Also check out our website at www.thebgclc.org and on facebook.