Guest Blogger, Tammie Lowry, Community Relations Manager-West Region
Throughout the month of April, UGI celebrates volunteerism and recognizes our employees during National Volunteer Week. This year, our Community Relations team wondered, what motivates hundreds of UGI employees to volunteer each and every year? So we posed this question to all of our employees and asked them to fill in the blank: I volunteer in my community because….
Let me first share that I volunteer in my community because I have been truly blessed in my life and I believe I have a responsibility to be a blessing and give back to others. To me, it’s just the right thing to do. Whether by means of my time, my talent and/or my resources. The following quote by William Penn succinctly describes what motivates me to volunteer, “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”
As I considered the responses from our UGI volunteer family, I wasn’t surprise to discover that they felt the same way. Even though each were motivated by different reasons, the common thread was it’s the right thing to do.
Many stated, “I want to give back…I want to help…. I want to make a difference…. It feels good… My community needs me… I care.” And there are many many more reasons, some want to pass on their family tradition to their children and grandchildren.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” We discovered that we are inherently driven to help others. We are everyday people, who perform everyday deeds, that have an extraordinary impact on countless lives in the communities where we live and work because the time is ripe.