Breakfast with Tzvi: Volunteering

I got totally wiped out, and loved it.

Comments (9)

(9) Kaylee, June 22, 2011 3:02 PM

OK! Now I am AWAKE! Forget the cuppa coffee, I got Tzvi!

This was great. I am a amother of a huge by American standards family. Back when I only had six kids, I volunteered for Hospice. It got me out of the house and it was a worthy gig-- I was helping people die with as much independence as possible, and bringing them dignity, and I was justified in leaving my husband and kids for e few hours each week. My husband was proud of me, as were my kids. I would do laundry, read to my patients, prepare food, whatever was needed, basically the same that I did for my family, but it wasn't really expected in the way my family expected it. It made my own life less mundane-- when I went home, doing my house work, it was elevated. My two eldest daughters are in their 20's and they volunteer, too, which makes me very proud. Now my volunteering is at my children's schools, but I think that it is vital for kids to see their parents volunteer and help make the world a better place.

(8) Anonymous, March 4, 2010 4:10 PM

Start with the small stuff.

Rabbi your enthusiasm is what comes from volunteering. Volunteering is a feel good thing. It makes your life take on purpose, besides the basics of life. People who volunteer are happier people, more satisfied with there life. It also can help your career, by getting experience from outside of your work place. For those who don't have the time, I encourage my group to start with giving of their treasures. Donate that book they just read to the public library. Clean out there closets and donate to second hand stores. Volunteer to car pool their kids friends to school functions, invite someone who needs a friend, over for a home cook meal. Pick up the phone and call that person that is going through a rough time. Some people think if they can't feed the whole world, they can't do anything. Start with the small stuff. Soon you will be asked to do much bigger things.

(7) Ruth Hyams, March 2, 2010 11:43 PM

I loved it.........your enthusiasm always makes me smile.

Rabbi, I found that very inspiring. You are so enthusiastic about all that you do and you really love makes me so happy to hear what you have to say. That was a great video!

(6) Anonymous, March 2, 2010 5:31 PM

Community Involvement

Volunteering helps builds up a community. If these were paid jobs, than it would be just a job. People volunteer because they care and have a passion for the cause. Our community pulls together for fund raisers for Riley's Children Hospitals, and for the families in our community that has a child getting medical attention from Riley's. Our community supports our Soldiers and send regular care packages to them. Our community keeps the food banks full. Just to name a few. Volunteers from schools to restaurants, grocery stores to Religious org., clubs to factories, home base or public, groups or individuals, the businesses and non-profit org. gets involved. Volunteering builds up a community-people caring for each other.

(5) SusanE, March 1, 2010 8:34 PM

Wow....Enthusiasm and Activism..You've Got it All ! !

Thank you, Tzvi, for the video about Volunteering this morning. You are a good guy! My sister took care of her husband 24/7 for the past few years. She also volunteers a couple days a week at a nursing home. She said the volunteering helps her get through the days at home. She is a much better person than I am. I stopped volunteering last year. Thank you for giving people like me a special 'push' to do better. See you next time.

(4) Karen, February 28, 2010 10:57 PM

True Words

Shalom Tzvi! Your words are expressed so true!!! Yes, this is right on! I look forward to your next "Morning with Tzvi!

(3) Beverly Kurtin, February 28, 2010 8:39 PM

Volunteers: The forgotten heroes of society

So many people do not understand the need for volunteers, they say, if the work was so important they'd pay people to do it. Yeah, sure. I've done a lot of volunteer work in my life and loved every minute of it, but the most gratifying was the crisis intervention/suicide prevention work I did. I had a regular shift and when nobody showed up to take a shift, they forwarded the center's phone to my home number. The second worst day at the center was when I actually had to say, "Crisis intervention; Suicide prevention, please can you call back, we have an emergency ongoing." I had heard that as a joke and here I was doing it in real life. We were getting an ambulance to someone who had just taken an unknown quantity of a drug and was fading on us fast. The worst call I ever took was my first call ever. After introducing myself I said, "How can I help you?" I heard a pistol or revolver being cocked. "Could you please do me a favor? Kindly turn your weapon away from you, uncock it and put it in another room while we talk." He asked me why he should and I said, "Because if you think you're going to kill yourself in my one good ear, you're crazier than I am!" Baruch Hashem, he laughed and I knew I had him. Unfortunately, our sponsor ran into a financial crisis and even though we said we could continue without their support, they shut us down; it still leaves a hole in my heart knowing that the people in my part of the world cannot get the help they so badly need.

(2) RABBI AL, February 28, 2010 2:08 PM


I have been a volunteer at a particular hospital for over 26 years, and I also, volunteer at the shul that I daven at, by being Shammis/Gabbai. I also, volunteer, to help others with shopping, homework,

(1) Jong, February 28, 2010 11:29 AM

Rabbi, this morning I was hesitating to do my usual volunteer work (visiting elderly people and HIV positive patients) because of my work burden but now I am certain I will do it. Thanks a lot for this timely message!!


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