Volunteering helps bind communities together

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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. 

Debby Sterling

New Glasgow

Organizations: New Glasgow Police Department

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • Jennifer Boyce
    July 15, 2014 - 07:34

    It is a sign of the times that we are being "nickled and dimed" for items and services that used to come free. But nothing comes free, whether we are charged or the organization waives the fee, the service always comes at a cost. As a member of an organization that requires a Police Record Check and one that requires a clearance letter from the Child Abuse Registry, I feel your pain. It is, however, sad and unfortunate that you are punishing the volunteer organization, by withdrawing your volunteer application, for something they don't have any control over. If you were sincerely interested in helping that particular organization, a mere $10+tax would not stop you, if you are only interested in giving your time as long as it doesn't cost you anything, you should really revisit your reasons for volunteering.