Volunteerism | West Suburban YMCA

Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jack Fucci

Jan 18, 2019

For over 20 years, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (Monday, January 21, 2019) has encouraged individuals to volunteer their time to improve their communities. At the Y, we believe the desire to help others is human nature, and everyone has something of value to contribute to the greater good, strengthening the places where we live, work and play.

Here at the WEST SUBURBAN YMCA we’re encouraging everyone to use this day as a call to action to get involved—in large or small ways—to make our communities better.

In our busy day-to-day lives, volunteering can quickly take a back seat to other obligations and priorities. Our communities need volunteers to keep them strong. The less people volunteer the more underserved children, families and adults don’t get the help they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Here in Newton, the WEST SUBURBAN YMCA relied on over 600 volunteers to do everything from serve on our board to coach kids in our sports programs last year. Each of our volunteers’ selflessness and willingness to roll up their sleeves to give back helps improve the lives of thousands of kids, adults and families.

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I encourage you to find a local program or organization that is meaningful to you and give them a call. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the city – just a few are listed here to help you get started:

We’re grateful for every one of our Y volunteers and we hope you’ll join their ranks.