Have you ever heard the song, “Everyday People” by Reba McIntyre? The lyrics were written by Carol King. I have it on a CD and listen to it often. While I do, I think of and give thanks for the hundreds of volunteers that make our work possible in SLO Co. This is the chorus:
Everyday People are the ones who are making miracles
And it’s beautiful,
Everyday People lifting up the world
Like an answered prayer, I thank God they’re there
They’re the one’s who care
I’m able to picture real faces as I listen to Reba singing. I see those Everyday People making miracles every day.I heard about an Everyday Person today from the mouth of a disabled person who has lost support services from the State of California when she said to one of our volunteers, “You are a lifesaver.” I shake the hands that lift up the world in SLO Co. every day when I shake the hand of a student who sorts food, a retired truck driver who drives the trucks, the people with office experience who type the letters, file the paperwork, or answer the telephones. I see a miracle in the tears of a mother who cries from deep gratitude that she will be able to feed her children a healthy, home-cooked dinner after receiving food from a volunteer who cares.
A blog is ideally a place where lots of people share their thoughts and experiences. I invite you to share what it feels like for you when you volunteer, whether at the Food Bank or some other way you serve the community. Why do you do it? What’s the best part of it? Please tell your story. It will help us all to think about our own stories as we learn from you, one of those Everyday People.