It’s a sad reality that volunteering is on the decline as a cultural shift about reward expectation becomes more prevalent in our society, making all of us poorer for it.
As the shape and size of volunteering changes so should the expectations and value we place in our existing volunteers.
Some sectors that have traditionally relied heavily on volunteers, like Aged Care, are facing increasing pressures that can be measured not only as a diminishing human resource but by the poverty of human connectedness people experience. Feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, worthlessness and sadness are experienced most profoundly by the vulnerable, like the elderly.
Not only should organisations make very obvious expressions of appreciation to volunteers who faithfully serve, but they should encourage all stakeholders, including residents in aged care, to show evidence of appreciation.
A way to do this is to intentionally pray for the volunteers who serve among them, not as a token gesture but evidenced by constantly doing it, and letting them know that you do. Volunteers need to know that their efforts are noticed and appreciated and that they are supported in genuine prayers of thanks for them.
If you live or work in the Aged Care Sector, encourage those among you, who share similar values, to intentionally pray for your volunteers.
I invite you to actively listen to this prayer of thanks for our volunteers and listen to it regularly in your support and thanks for them.
A variety of audio prayers can be found at PrayerConnect