"It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself/herself." -- Charles Dudley Warner.
People who are accustomed to volunteering their time will be the first people to tell you that they get more than they give. When they initially volunteer they are consciously attempting to help another. However, they are often surprised by how much they feel they gain from their selfless efforts. There are times that adult partners may not feel appreciated or may question whether their efforts are time well spent. The staff sill always remind them that their efforts, whether seemingly appreciated or not, are always worth the effort.
This week we feature a young man who is in need of a partner that is open to a child who has a real need to express himself verbally. Sal lives at home with his mother and three brother. His father has died and Mom is the primary caregiver and provider. Mom needs a hand with introducing the boys to a work outside of their own backyard. Sal is 9 years old. His interests are reading, playing video games, drawing, and doing anything outside. He also loves to share his ideas. He talks a lot. He doesn't always have someone at school or at home that is able to take time out from their work load to hear what he has to say. One of his brothers has special needs that requires additional attention from all members of their household. Since Sal is the oldest, his responsibilities can, at times, be a heavy load for a little boy. Someone who could spend a few hours each week with Sal, enjoying the outdoors, playing a game or just listening to him share his ideas would benefit him enormously ... and who knows that person may find they have helped themselves along the way as well.
If you would like more information on Sal or any of the other children on the waiting list, please call the Brainerd office (218) 829-4606, Crosby office (218) 546-7308 or Pequot Lakes office (218) 568-4015. We would be pleased to answer any questions or provide any information you may need.
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