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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • National Volunteer Week: Joe Gross enjoys helping others

  • The words of Albert Schweitzer accurately describe the true sense of the word volunteerism. "Seek always to do some good, somewhere," the Nobel Peace Prize winner once said. "Even if it's a little thing, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it."
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  • The words of Albert Schweitzer accurately describe the true sense of the word volunteerism. "Seek always to do some good, somewhere," the Nobel Peace Prize winner once said. "Even if it's a little thing, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it."
    As National Volunteer Week is upon us, it is a perfect time to think about the people who give their time and effort to help make the community a better place. For Joe Gross, the true impact of volunteering is building relationships with individuals and families.
    "It's a very positive way to spend time," Gross, who has been volunteering with Hospice for three years, told the Journal Wednesday. "You would be surprised how much you learn about yourself when you are helping someone else."
    The Devils Lake man became interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer as a way to give back.
    "They were so good to work with when my wife passed away," he stated. "I thought being a volunteer could be a way to pay it forward."
    He then contacted local officials about being a Hospice companion. During a seminar, Gross received training to become a certified companion. This is a volunteer spot in which an individual assists a terminally ill patient as needed.
    "Basically, I do whatever my companion wants on that particular day," he commented. "It may be picking up prescriptions, making soup or just sitting and talking for a couple of hours."
    Through his time in the volunteer position, Gross has built strong relationships with his companions. The process of getting to know an individual and have discussions on subjects such as sickness, death and family has been a fulfilling one.
    "I have learned so much from being a companion," he pointed out. "The people I have worked with have been understanding and excellent. They are just so grateful to have someone to talk with and help out."
    Gross also regularly volunteers at a local food pantry assisting with the lifting and filling of boxes. By helping out with different organizations, the Devils Lake man finds his schedule fills up pretty easily.
    "It keeps me very busy," he stated. "And it's something I enjoy doing."
    He encourages individuals in the community if they have the chance. Ultimately, the opportunity is there, Joe noted.
    "There are a lot of great groups and organizations in the area that are looking for volunteers," he said. "Helping people out is extremely fulfilling. I would definitely recommend giving volunteering a try."
    Gross is one many individuals in the Lake Region that seek to do good on a daily basis.

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