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COMMENTARY: Living at Home says 'three cheers for area volunteers'

April is National Volunteer Month in the U.S. The month is dedicated to honoring all the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.

Thank you to everyone in our community who chooses to volunteer. How can you honor a volunteer? First, by saying "thank you," of course!

Secondly, volunteer. Honor a volunteer by becoming a volunteer. You may ask, "What do I have? What can I give?" I came across a quote by Arthur Ashe that sums up what I think volunteering should be. It can be as simple as this: "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

Start where you are. In your own neighborhood, your own town, your own church, even your own house.

Use what you have. What do you enjoy? What are your talents? Who do you like being around? Volunteering will be enjoyable to you if you get to do something you love.

Do what you can. Think about how often you're willing to give your time. Don't overextend yourself. Think about physical limitations.

Living at Home is in need of volunteers, especially during the winter months when so many of our volunteers take a much-needed break to enjoy warm-weather states.

We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to area elders. Friendly telephone calls from your own home. A handyman repair or a ride to appointments in town, just to name a few. Giving as little as two hours a month can feel like a million dollars to the person you serve.

Consider honoring a volunteer by becoming a volunteer. Again, thank you to our area volunteers. Your generosity is unmeasurable.