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Volunteers can make an impact

Volunteering to be a part of a service organization like the Ennis Noon Lions, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Ennis High School Band Boosters or others is a good way to spend time.
Being a part of those organizations as an adult gives us the hindsight we often wish we had as children. We come to understand how important the contributions are of those who are willing to freely give their time just because of the love in their hearts.
The work done by these volunteers too often goes overlooked. There is often no immediate reward from the activity other than the emotional one — satisfaction at a job well done in service of others can be a powerful motivator, even still.
Government data shows Texas as 36th in the nation for the amount of volunteering that goes on, with about one in four people giving to volunteer causes at some point.
Opportunities abound, even in small communities like ours, to make an impact with relatively small investments of time. Religious groups, health providers, educational organizations, social services departments and even sports have roles that can be filled by an enthusiastic volunteer leader. The Ennis Little League would be nowhere without the generous volunteer coaches, for example.
Here in Ennis, we also owe a lot to our civic organizations, our volunteer boards and commissions who help make sure everything from zoning, historic landmarks, the airport, city parks and economic development initiatives are handled and cared for as they need to be.
We must extend a thank you to those who we have not seen at work — the volunteers who may take time to go read a book to bed-bound hospital patients or spend an hour visiting seniors in area nursing facilities. Their service cannot be overlooked in its awesome impact on people’s lives.
Volunteering is a path for personal growth. Walking that path can be fulfilling to the point it becomes a need of its own, and we’d encourage those who are curious to contact local service organizations or civic leaders — they need all the good help they can find.

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