Over time, things change. People change. We change. We grow. We discover. We develop and improve our lives and techniques. We learn. We get stronger. We become skilled and more aware of people, places, things, the environment, the way people feel and our role and what we can offer to ourselves and others around us.
The list below is not a foolproof or guaranteed promised list of what is gained by each individual when they volunteer with CCMT. However, it is a list and a testimony as to what we have seen occur in most of our carolers and volunteers since we started this group in 2016 prior to becoming a 501 (c)(3) organization.
As we like to say here at CCMT, these volunteer opportunities are about you and what you want to accomplish in your life as you touch the lives of others in the various communities we visit! In other words, you get out of it what you put into it.
Here is what we have noticed:
1) Social skills and friendships are developed
2) Stage presence is introduced and developed
3) Etiquette and manners can be developed (at least some are learned / developed we hope)
4) Work Ethic is established via fundraising and rehearsals
5) Many things cost money – including functions, activities and get togethers; and money doesn’t grow on trees
6) It is fun and rewarding to bring Christmas cheer to friends and other people who don’t have hope
7) Watching God work and answering prayer
8) Talent discovery, confirmation and improvement of talents and performing
9) Community Outreach, Exposure and Experience is gained
10) Community Connections and Networks are formed
11) Recognizing God’s power within them
12) Seeing and knowing God did use them and they are not too young
13) Money Management – Making, Saving, Spending (via the fundraising efforts)
14) Sense of belonging and looking forward to something safe, fun, healthy and meaningful
15) Learn about giving time, talents and finances to benefit themselves and others.
16) Sense of purpose and re-invention of new or extended purposes in their life
17) Setting and reaching reasonable goals for themselves
18) Celebration of accomplishments at the end and watching them reach goals they set for themselves.
19) Family and sibling memories and bonding as a family unit
20) Breaking through obstacles and challenges that arise (and they do arise).
21) How to endure - never giving up
22) Artistic creativity and expression (making bags, pictures, cards etc…)
23) Discovering their passions, hobbies, giftings and possible life calling
24) Finding and knowing they are valued and cared about as human beings
25) Learning about the powerful impact and importance of children / teens and adults singing, playing music, writing cards in the community
26) Gain an appreciation, awareness and a healthy connection with public servants (police, firefighters, EMT’s, doctors, cashiers, homeless people, our military etc…)
27) Gain exposure to firefighter police, medical / health and safety practices (if and when offered)
28) They learn they are a gift from God to both their family, friends, church, school and community
29) They feel a sense of ownership in their songs
30) They feel a sense of belonging as they are a part of something bigger!
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