I wish I could tell you that we have had hundreds of different volunteers so far this year that contributed to the completion of over 300 projects, but that just isn't true. We've had a few dozen regular volunteers and a few dozen volunteers come and go. The old 80/20 rule applies at NeighborLink like it does in so many other places. It's true that 80% of the work is done by only 20% of the people involved.
No matter how easy we make volunteering, it's still a difficult internal battle each individual fights to choose to do over something better or nothing at all. Doing nothing at all can be ultimately be better than sweating it out on a ladder scraping paint for a complete stranger with complete strangers. We get it. Volunteering is hard, unglamorous, lonely, and often fails to meet our expectations or the expectations sold by the organization recruiting you. Our projects will transform your life and meet your expectations, eventually. The personal transformation happens in the continued commitment, not in the transaction of just one project.
This tension has been the story of NeighborLink for our entire history, yet we are still at awe of how God chooses to use NeighborLink Fort Wayne as a conduit for his Kingdom. We live in the balance between everyone that loves what we do, why we do it, and the need in the community; and the actual volunteers who are responsible for our good works. It's not us. There are just two staff people at NeighborLink and we definitely aren't doing 300+ projects a year on our own.
The three volunteers in this picture have been some of our most dedicated volunteers to date in 2014. Bill, Gay, and Francisco have shown up consistently no matter the project for the past few months and we honestly couldn't have done the amount of projects we've done without them. There are a dozen or more others not in this picture who are taking on projects weekly that should be recognized and applauded for their efforts as well.
If 20% of people have to do the work of 80% at NeighborLink, then so be it. We believe the 20% that show up on a regular basis are the right 20% and are who God is choosing to use at this point in time. With project requests soaring to record levels we still remain faithful to the call of addressing one project at a time. Anytime you're doing the work that no one else wants to do, you're making progress and changing the community from the inside out.
We're not ready to settle with just 20%. We want NeighborLink to be the exception to that rule and to have our volunteers confidently say that it's just not true at NeighborLink. However, it requires your commitment to make that happen. We've done the best we can to make the process as simple as possible through our website and by having a Director of Mobilization ready to help you engage at any time. You just have to ask.