IMG_7655-1 (2)The following article was written by Lady Ose Silverhair as part of the Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” series.

Think back to your favorite event. No matter what it was, it was a success because of the work of many volunteers. Perhaps you’ve thought about volunteering, but are unsure about how to go about it. There are several ways to get involved.

Attend your group’s business meeting. This is where people propose to put on an event. The event steward will be looking for volunteers for set-up, clean-up and everything in between. The needs will vary depending on the event, but one thing is certain – many hands make light work. Even if you don’t want to do anything more complicated than pushing a broom, your help will be appreciated.

Don’t think that you can only help at your local events. At any event you can mention to the person at gate that you would like to help, and they will point you in the right direction. If all else fails, poke your head in the kitchen and offer to help chop or serve. It is rare that they can’t use an extra pair of hands.

Whether you would like to help decorate, cook, teach, fill water jugs, serve, spell someone who needs a bathroom break, make announcements, carry things, wash dishes, count, fold up tables and chairs…there is a place for you. Volunteer. It’s a wonderful way to get to know people. It’s easy. Just walk up to someone and say, “I’d like to help.”