Fred Rogers -- Mr. Rogers as many of us know him -- has a famous quote that says, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."'
I've seen this quote on lots of the social media sites lately. Between bombings and explosions, natural disasters and fighting, there are plenty of "scary things" that we are exposed to during this 24/7 news cycle in which we live. The words "Look for the helpers" are probably some of the most comforting words that we have right now. "The helpers" are everywhere.
Each April, we celebrate "National Volunteer Week" by honoring the volunteers throughout Door County that sustain the agencies they serve through their time and talents. Volunteers are truly the last people who ever want the recognition, but to us, they are the ones that are most deserving. We want to hear their stories about why they've chosen to help or how they got involved. We want to know what volunteering means to them and how they've been changed by the experience. We are truly inspired by the people themselves and the work that they do.
This year, Door County will celebrate 24 such volunteers at the 11th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration on Thursday, April 25th. We will listen to their stories and share their experiences. It's impossible not to be inspired by the work that these volunteers are doing day after day. These are the people who are helping ... right here at home.
As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, be an inspiration to those around you. We live by choice, not by chance. Go out today and be a helper ... be someone's inspiration!