“Make America Great Again” is a campaign slogan that implies America is currently not doing well.
Without a doubt in some areas, such as jobs and infrastructure, our country needs dramatic improvement. But before we get too far down on ourselves, let’s remember there is true greatness in this country. One way is evidenced by the ways we look after each other.
To see it in action, we need look no further than our Lake Wylie community where volunteerism is a way of life. In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Month and National Volunteer Week April 6-12, it’s fitting to highlight how great Americans are here at home.
Here Lake Wylie Children’s Charity volunteers raise money through several events and one big concert annually to help local families who battle childhood illnesses. The Red Fez Shriners support hospitals for crippled and burned children. The Lake Wylie Athletic Association volunteers keep children actively engaged in sports and sportsmanship.
Service organizations like local Lions and Rotary volunteers support dozens of charities and service projects. So, too, do the volunteers at Sweet Repeat Charitable Foundation.
Clover Area Assistance Center volunteers keep food on tables for families, and provide financial, medical and dental assistance. Local churches support missionary efforts here and abroad.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation volunteer programs like Lake Wylie Covekeepers and Muddy Waters keep our waterways clean.
The River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS and Bethel volunteer firefighters respond to our emergency needs.
The list goes on and on.
Suffice to say there are plenty of organizations waiting with open arms for you to join them in contributing to the greatness of America. This week on April 6, there is a meeting for Habitat for Humanity in Clover. Later this month, Make-A-Wish South Carolina seeks volunteers with an information meeting April 21 in Fort Mill.
The late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy put it best when he said, “Each time a man ... acts to improve the lot of others ... he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”