LETTER: Volunteering is a good way to spend time

Published 10:18 am Thursday, March 5, 2009

With the recent articles about the Austin City Council faced with cutting expenses due to the cut in state funding, I have to say I don’t envy their job and choices they have to make. I like some of their ideas of transferring the responsibilities; they designated monies to go, to Non-profit groups to manage or dual positions to oversee departments. The non-profit organizations are a great idea because most of them have resources, liability insurance and passionate people who will step up to support their community like they so humbly have been doing.

Wouldn’t it be another great idea for any people who have recently lost their jobs due to this economy to join a non-profit group and volunteer while they are still looking for work. I guarantee that a potential employer looking at the resume of someone who has been out of work has volunteered in their time off verses sitting and waiting for something to happen, would look more favorably than someone who hasn’t.

I am involved with the Austin Jaycees which meets at the Eagles Club the second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m.

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While our economy has tanked and we are watching government take more control, balance this out by taking the “bull by the horns” and make things happen.

The rewards are many. Good luck and I hope that this message inspires someone.

P.S. Could we also consider cutting back on the flowers downtown this summer, just a thought.

Danielle Nesvold