To the Editor:
As we begin the new year, many people have taken time to reflect on the blessings in their lives. I am one of those who are grateful for the many blessings I take for granted, but that are so valuable and important to make my life significant and rewarding.
One of the blessings is living in a free country that offers freedom and opportunity. In addition, I live in a wonderful community, Crystal Lake, that exemplifies all of the core values of our great nation. One of those core values is service to others. We are blessed by many agencies in our community that provide support and help to those who are in need. I was amazed at how many agencies there are when I visited the People In Need Forum that is held annually at McHenry Community College.
I chose to volunteer for one of those agencies: the Senior Care Volunteer Network. As the name implies, it is an agency that primarily is staffed by volunteers and provides a wide range of services to seniors at no cost. Some of these services include transportation, home repair, friendly visits and medical supplies, such as wheelchairs.
Volunteering is a special act of service. It helps the person receiving the service as well as the person giving it. Senior Care Volunteer Network provides an opportunity to help those in need as well as those who would like to help. It may be one of the best-kept secrets in our area. I hope that it will not remain a secret. If anyone needs help or would like to help, Senior Care Volunteer Network is a good place to start.