Volunteerism: Find Your Motivation

Posted by Kendyl Brock Hunter, OTR/L, CHT 04/14/2023

Did you ever think about the relationship between the cheetah and the gazelle? A cheetah is the fastest land animal on the planet. They can reach 60 mph in just four strides. The gazelle is quick and agile, too, but not as fast as the cheetah. Yet, on average, the cheetah catches its prey only once every 14 attempts. What’s the difference? Motivation. It makes all the difference.

A volunteer is defined as “a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.” Motivated volunteers seek to make a difference by contributing to something greater than themselves. Within ASHT, we can find ample opportunity to take part in a task, but when the bar is raised to “making a difference,” another level of drive is required. Do you have the drive? Do you feel the difference between completing a task and making a difference?

I guess you do, which is why you are part of this unique and specialized group. I would bet you find joy in the journey and satisfaction in making people’s lives better. I suspect you encourage others and have received encouragement from your colleagues. This is the foundation of this great association.

For those who have served for many years, we thank you for making a difference. For those who are new, seek out and find your motivation through service to others. Few things in life are more rewarding than making a difference in someone’s life.

Kendyl Brock Hunter, OTR/L, CHT
2022-2023 ASHT President

Interested in volunteering with ASHT? Visit our Volunteer Portal today!

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. It takes place every April during Global Volunteer Month.