Family Resource Center seeks volunteers to help inspire |

Family Resource Center seeks volunteers to help inspire

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius

I believe we can put our hearts right by giving to others, which is in part what inspired me to write this article.

Recently, I interviewed a Family Resource Center volunteer, Richard Stone, because I was curious to know what inspired him to volunteer.

Stone explained, “I had this time and I’m retired, and so I asked myself what I could do to help other people. I was involved with Behavioral Health of Nevada County, and through my interactions with them, I learned about the need for volunteers at the FRCs. I knew I could instruct in beginning violin, and I wanted to teach to children whose families could not otherwise afford lessons.”

When children are exposed at an early age to extracurricular activities, there are many benefits. I remember having special people in my life, and Richard Stone remembered having people along the way as well, who encouraged him with his endeavors. Research proves that one key to promoting resiliency for youth is a positive connection with one adult in their life.

“When I was a kid, I was very skinny, and I thought because of this, I would never be accepted within certain social circles. My negative self-talk never did me any good, but people along the way encouraged me, and the encouragement built up my self-esteem. Everyone likes to hear something positive,” Stone said.

Many people in this country believe a person can pull themselves up by their bootstraps, if they only work hard enough, but how many of these people had a little help along the way? Wouldn’t helping others be an ounce of prevention in preserving a person’s self-dignity? Would this increase the odds that they will have a positive outcome in their future? By helping others, we develop a feeling of community, and people no longer feel outside of the circle, because now they’re a part of something.

“I’ve never felt we are just cogs in a wheel going through life,” Richard continued. “By sharing, we give to someone else and we benefit from the experience. When I’m teaching violin, the kids make me laugh and I feel like I’m doing something important for them. We (volunteers) benefit from the experience.

The best kept secret in Nevada County is the PARTNERS Family Resource Centers. It’s important to have a place like this in the community.”

Those interested in volunteering where the community comes together to elevate and inspire each other are encouraged to call 530-273-4059. For more information, visit

Laurie Blakemore is an AmeriCorps V.I.S.T.A. (Volunteer In Service to America) in Grass Valley.

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