February 25, 2011
By Anne Goldfeld, NW VEG Volunteer Coordinator
To me, a volunteer is a person who carries out acts of compassion, love, and peace to help restore balance to our planet.
Maybe you think it's not really that big of a deal to hang a few Forks Over Knives posters or to serve some samples at VegFest, but I believe it is! Regardless of the extent of your contribution as a NW VEG volunteer, your service is an invaluable part of the synergistic effort that fulfills our mission to educate and empower people to make vegetarian choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
Some ways in which your volunteer acts of compassion, love, and peace can help restore balance to our planet may include the improved health of people who have changed their eating habits, the saved lives of animals not consumed by new vegans, and less pollution in our environment resulting from decreased demand for factory farmed food.
Here's a paradigm I try to live by that shows how volunteers have the potential to change the world: Volunteer acts of compassion, love, and peace restore balance. Balance manifests abundance. Abundance fosters gratitude. Gratitude inspires acts of compassion, love, and peace. And the cycle continues.
So at this point, please allow me to express my gratitude to all of you past, present, and future NW VEG volunteers. Please accept my thanks on behalf of the Board of Directors, on behalf of the animals, and on behalf of the planet.
As Jane Goodall, a noted vegetarian and animal activist has said: "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."