Volunteering Requires ENERGY

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Older Person HelperWithin real estate occupations a nice part of a flexible with your hours position such as this is you can plan in some volunteering to help out in society. But

      Volunteering Requires ENERGY.

Pretty much giving energy to a cause, a group, a family, or an individual where they don't have the energy themselves to get something done. I have heard that feed someone you feed them for a day but teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. There is some truth to that, but not always. Sometimes people need your energy NOW. For cleaning, for taking them to the doctor, for cleaning their house, cleaning roadways, taking meals to them, building housing, dog dips, adopt a pet, the list goes on and on. I do not like volunteering for lazy people which I see that too unless I can get them to the participation like cleaning their house. I don't like to judge people but some do take advantage of volunteers that show up.

Beyond whatever you do,

REMEMBER it is your ENERGY you are bringing to the task.

You may not accomplish everything you want to do, or even complete the major project in time or all on your own, but just know WHATEVER ENERGY you bring to what you are volunteering to do


Besides frowning on the lazy people recipients out there I don't like the lip service volunteers either. Some can be fund raisers and money donations as well, but I think with like LOVE IN ACTION, people need to get their hands dirty and get INTO a task to help people, not just throw ONLY money at it. In the celebrity world like with Haiti, actor Sean Penn was on the island helping people after the earthquake. I really thought that was great, not just talking about money there for medical supplies and tents but DOING something.

DOING SOMETHING rates high in my book. Whatever it is, at whatever level, give your ENERGY to those in need. It will circle back and really make you feel like you are doing something in the world and ...

when you turn around and look at what you did that day, THAT was one day of your life VERY WELL LIVED!!!


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Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Gary: Time and energy are so valuable to the elderly.  The picture tells a story that I think all will understand. 

Aug 06, 2011 02:16 PM #8
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Gary...we do more than our share most of the time.  But that's OK!

Aug 06, 2011 03:02 PM #9
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Gary,

Great advice! Tim and energy are everything to the elderly. Love the photo..perfect fit!

Aug 06, 2011 03:32 PM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Gary, suggested this post. I have and still  volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Aug 06, 2011 05:05 PM #11
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

To make a difference to others is so important.  It is not about what it brings back to me but what I can give to others.  Excellent post and advice.

Aug 07, 2011 03:59 AM #12
Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Gary--Volunteering can be so rewarding.  Still one has to be very protective of their own ENERGY.  It can be really easy to get caught up in the process and how good it feels or how much a service is needed.  Remember, you need to take care of you too or there won't be anything left for those worthy volunteer projects.

Sep 30, 2012 12:34 AM #13
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Not sure about your perspective, seems conflicting to me. What difference does it make about a person's personality, motivation or anything else that bothers you about their participation to help a charitable organization or individual as long as they are helping them, either with their time or money? At least they are taking action and doing something, aren't they, while others do nothing?

There are many volunteers who are incapable of performing certain tasks, yet we shouldn't judge their inability but praise their actions to help in whatever way they can. Perhaps, we should all learn from each other about being tolerant and look for the positives rather than the negatives in our daily lives.

Sep 30, 2012 12:42 AM #14
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Gary.

I too what i thought would be a day off to rebuild a new stage at a local church. Man was I tired after about nine hours of work.

And all of this was a freebie as it should have been.

Have a good day and great post.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 30, 2012 12:47 AM #15
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Gary,

If you do not have a lot of energy, doing little things, like helping someone load their groceries in their car or letting kids cross the street safely only require you to notice that need and take very little energy to get that "big smile" payment.

Sep 30, 2012 01:30 AM #16
John DL Arendsen
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

You're spot on about the ENERGY.  My lovely wife and I have been volunteering for over 40 years. Lot's of ways to offer up your time.

Sep 30, 2012 01:37 AM #17
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


I agree with you about volunteering.  It is so rewarding.  I have volunteered in 4H, US Pony Club, helped others in need and many events.  It is a great feeling knowing you helped somone.


Sep 30, 2012 01:38 AM #18
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team
Hi Gary, we find that the energy you give comes back several fold!
Sep 30, 2012 02:32 AM #19
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta
This is a great reflection on volunteering! There is always something you can do and bring your energy to as you say, which is right on!
Sep 30, 2012 03:11 AM #20
Kim Mulligan
Cooper Jacobs Real Estate - Seattle, WA
Selling Homes for the 21st Century

Hi Gary,

I use some of my energy for a different type of volunteering. I've been on the Green Home Tour committee since it started here. We hope to change the mindset of construction, remodeling and improvements on commercial and residential properties. We are doing the best to get the word out sustainable homes are more than tree hugging, they save the owners money and are more comfortable to live in. As a matter of fact there is the Sustainable Ballard Event today. If you are in the area, stop by and say hello!


Sep 30, 2012 03:15 AM #21
Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

There is a never ending need for vollunteers in any and all organizations, including for profit corporations. (Think United Way).

If you have a skill or an idea or some time, put it to good use -- you will be glad you did.

Sep 30, 2012 03:22 AM #22
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Hi Gary,

Great post!  Whatever we can do for someone besides ourselves is always good. I think the gratification we feel depends on the overall effort we have made be it monetary donations that we had to work for in the first place or donation of precious time.  Sounds like you put a lot of effort behind your causes!

Have a great Sunday and week!!!



Sep 30, 2012 04:27 AM #23
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

The Active Rain newsletter for today featured posts "Pay it forward by volunteering"... yours was one of them featured as was mine...congrats.

Sep 30, 2012 05:31 AM #24
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I volunteer with kids and with birds.  Anything I can do to help the birds, I am there.  I usually help with a friend's first grade class.

Oct 01, 2012 08:59 AM #25
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330 - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

Having been a Volunteer for various functions and organizations since i was a teenager, your "energy" comments are spot on. I know from MY personal events that if I don't put a lot into it, I feel terrible afterwards knowing that there are things that I could have done much better for better results.

Oct 02, 2012 11:03 PM #26
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I wish I could volunteer more, but it does require energy and time, yet, I do enjoy giving back and being involved more in your community.

These days, I help my kid school during different events( we all know, they always need help:)


Nov 13, 2013 05:43 AM #27
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