Since I was young, my parents have always instilled a feeling that we should help others. I keep striving for this every day of my life just because it gives me an unbelievable feeling that I admit makes me feel a bit selfish at times. You see, in helping others, I feel better for it and it makes me want to do more. It becomes almost a need in my soul that I cannot resist.
There’s a song that we sing at the Portage First United Methodist Church that talks about this very thing, it’s called "God of This City." The words go something like this; You’re the God of this city, You’re the king of these people, You’re the Lord of this nation. You are! Greater things have yet to come, Great things are still to be done in this city. If you could see the images of the areas that have been improved in this city behind the words of this song; it just chokes me up because this is what I believe and some of those things are ones that I and a whole host of others have been a part of completing in this city. Get involved, see the possibilities, look at things from more than one prospective, talk to people on the opposition. Work at it and for it!
A volunteer by definition is a person who takes on a service or duty without compensation. I will always consider the definition of a volunteer is priceless. People that have the passion to help others just because it makes a difference in someone else’s life are the people that continue to enhance our quality of life, which is one of the number one things that people look for when they are relocating to an area.
Our civic organizations always need your help. In the various things they do to make our city one of the finest in the land. There are many different groups out there to chose from here in Portage and the Portage Township Here are a few: Portage Rebuilding Together, Portage Food Pantry, Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter, Portage Kiwanis Club, Portage Community Historical Society, Portage Exchange Club, South Haven and Portage and South Haven Lions Club, Portage Park Foundation, Friends of Portage Township Foundation, Portage Resale Shop, Portage Live Entertainment Association, Portage Township YMCA, Portage Community Theater, Portage Police Reserves and the Portage Rotary Club.
The Porter County Pet Project/Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry will be hosting a volunteer informational meeting for those that are interested in making a difference in people with pets lives from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Portage Public Library. The event is limited to 40 guests so you must RSVP by this Saturday to Michelle Duca at or go to their Facebook page. Volunteers must be 18 years or older or be accompanied by and adult. They plan on opening their services up to portions of Lake County and need many more hands to help with this endeavor.
Whatever you choose, make a difference and help make our surroundings better than before. Remember greater things to be done in Portage.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.