Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer at the Riverbend Community Association

Volunteering provides many great new challenges, relationships, and rewarding circumstances. 

Below are the top 10 reasons people enjoy volunteering:

  1. Volunteerism promotes personal growth & self-esteem.
  2. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficiency.
  3. Volunteering enriches your life by investing & strengthening your community to make it a better place to live in.
  4. It provides leadership opportunities to give back to your community and gain a sense of belonging.
  5. Volunteering offers the opportunity to share your expertise and gain a new skill set.
  6. It brings people together from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal. Building camaraderie and teamwork.
  7. Volunteering enhances your quality of life. 
  8. Volunteerism offers an incredibly rewarding experience.
  9. It is an opportunity to explore new personal interests and goals.
  10. An opportunity to have fun and try something new.

You Can Make a Difference in Our Community !

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The inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States was held on Friday, January 20, 1961 at the Eastern Portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  It was during this speech that he uttered the following inspirational quote "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Although John F. Kennedy was an American President, his words hold true for all citizens of the world and their respective countries.

Things do not just happen on their own.  Events and activities take people to make the difference.  And, in the community of Riverbend, it only take a few to make a difference.

To this end, your Community Association challenges you "ask not what your community can do for you, but, what you can do for your community."

It does not have to be something big or overwhelming either.  

Here are some ideas:

  • Take a garbage bag while walking through the neighborhood. Pick up any litter along the way. As a by-product, you can get some exercise built into your day.
  • Shop with locally owned businesses, saving time and money.
  • Find positive aspects of your community share with other people.
  • Attend a local festival or other event.
  • Write a letter to local elected officials encouraging them to support decisions by your community.
  • Put a potted plant on your front porch. When your home looks spruced up, it makes the whole neighborhood and the community to look better as well.
  • Take left over dinner to an elderly neighbor. Your delivery helps you to get to know your neighbors better. And police promote knowing your neighbors as the best way to fight neighborhood crime.
  • Look for opportunities to give in your community. Many schools collect items, such as like canned foods, old coats, toys and eyeglasses, for less fortunate families.
  • Vote.  This includes Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections. 
  • Encourage your employer to sponsor local events, join a civic organization or allow employees to volunteer during work hours.
  • Volunteer at your Community Association.  By getting involved – you can help improve the lives of others around you.

Volunteering comes with its own benefits.  This includes learning new things; getting involved; meeting new people; networking; job-leads; references; helping people; and self-satisfaction knowing that you have made a difference.

People Who Have Volunteered in Our Community and Made A Difference

  • 2017 Bike Fair Volunteers
                Rita Bertwell
                Olga Maciejewski
                Douglas Ratke
                Frieda Wiebe
  • 2017 RCA Building Renovations and Repairs Volunteers
                Anonymous (the couple expressed a desire to remain anonymous, but all the electrical repairs)
                Denise Dobbs
                Walter Janzen
                Douglas Ratke
                Rivertown Cries Toastmasters
                Aaron Weiss
                Frieda Wiebe
  • 2017 Small Dog Day Volunteers
  • 2017 Stampede Breakfast Volunteers
                Herb Isted
                Grady Krebs
                Cassandra Ratke
                Douglas Ratke
                Holly Ratke
                Shelby Martineau
                Mission Hill Church
                Rivertown Toastmasters Criers
                Sarah Thornley
                Walter Janzen

Get involved ! Make a difference ! Change the world !