The Supervisor’s Message
Volunteer to join a Township committee—it’s good for your health!
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” —Author Unknown
I’ve always felt that a thriving community’s underlying support is made possible by the work of volunteers. Volunteers are often at the root of so many successful endeavors. Even our nation’s beginning, the result of the Revolutionary War, was fought by voluntary citizen soldiers.
On a global scale, 90 percent of the humanitarian work provided by the Red Cross is performed by volunteers. Closer to home, Macomb County always needs volunteer drivers for its Meals on Wheels program. And there is no less of a need in Clinton Township for those who live and work here to voluntarily donate their time and skill to serve our community.
Lending your time to help others and contribute to the greater good is no small commitment because you are giving a part of your life.
Often, volunteers are described as unsung heroes. Although they deserve recognition for their thoughtful deeds, many do not seek accolades and are rewarded indirectly. Studies show that volunteering leads to better health. An article from the Michigan State University Extension quotes studies that show volunteering can improve your mental well-being, decrease chronic pain, and lower heart disease rates. And researchers at the University of Michigan report that people who volunteer live longer than those who don’t. However, on average, those who volunteer mainly for personal benefit live no longer than non-volunteers. So, live healthier and longer by lending your expertise and skills to a Clinton Township board, commission, or committee.
We need volunteers to serve on our more than 30 committees. Often, the decisions made by the Board of Trustees are based on the work and findings of our committees. There are many opportunities to serve, and I’m confident you can find one that fits your schedule.
Currently, there are openings on our Inclusive Playground Committee, the Historical Commission, and the Downtown Development Association (DDA). To find more, go to clintontownship.com and enter “committee openings” in the search box. Each committee has its responsibilities, meeting time, term of appointment, and application information. Call 586-723-8093 if you have any questions.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t get on the committee of your choice. There are plenty of opportunities to meet enthusiastic people like yourself who want to lend their time and expertise in the ongoing effort to improve the quality of life in our community. Volunteering is a two-way path; not only do you impart your knowledge, but you can also learn new skills. Everyone wins!