To the editor,
I thought I would send a letter and maybe it will raise a little more awareness as to the changes happening in our society today.
I have been volunteering my time throughout the communities I have lived in for over 40 years now and have to say I have always enjoyed it immensely. Volunteering is what keeps the communities bound together and certainly better as a whole.
It’s no secret that our economy is in trouble and people who never had a lot of stress before are feeling the pinch. Our family like so many others have had some difficult times this last few years, economically and health wise and you can do the ‘why me?’ scenario, but if you take a minute to think about it, why not me? Another approach you can take is to get yourself out there and remember there are so many people who need help and you are able at this moment and time to do so.
I recently went to an organization in New Glasgow to volunteer my time doing whatever they might need help with. After a brief chat with a representative, they expressed their appreciation and explained that they require a criminal check. I realize that in this day and age, we cannot be too careful with our children and seniors in our community. I was glad to oblige as there is nothing I have to hide.
I proceeded to the New Glasgow Police Department to do the criminal check for this organization and was informed that I would be charged a fee of $11.50 for such a criminal check. I personally, over the years, have had to have criminal checks done for employment purposes and although I didn’t appreciate the fee for it, I tried to view it as a cost of my securing a job for myself, however, I am giving my time and my efforts to try to make my community a better place to live in and I’m being charged to do so.
We maybe should focus on encouraging people to give more of themselves and raise our communities up the best we can. I will find another way, I will always volunteer as it is something I truly believe in and support.