One of the secrets to Centro Cultural success is not really a secret…
"Not everything that counts can be counted. And not everything that can be counted, counts." - Albert Einstein
I was recently asked how is it that Centro is so successful and does so much with such a small operating budget. Since its founding in 1972 the founding families understood the only way to address their current and future needs was to help each other through thick and thin. More than the need to be helped, the need to help each other was and still remains as much of a greater positive force then as it does today.
Yet, today the need to help is greater and helping others still creates an invisible pull towards Centro, it draws many volunteers, who although individualistic look at what Centro does for others as inspiration.
Over the years of Centro’s existence its volunteers have provided and still provide that level of inspiration for such activities. They provide the vital social capital fuel that spurs others to follow the beaten path of community service or what many call humanitarianism.
Centro’s volunteers become so not in a day, but after learning and going through their own life experiences. Our philosophy at Centro is that volunteerism is not an act of charity; neither is it an act of pleasing others, it is an act directly from the heart. Some people might do it so that it looks good on their resume. Some might do it just for the heck of it. There are some volunteers who just want to try it out, and stick with it depending on how they feel about it within themselves.
Volunteering as the word suggests, is an act of selflessness in helping others help themselves. It is seldom done for gain or personal mileage. If done for those reasons, the thirst for volunteering dies fast. That’s because when a volunteer becomes one, it’s for life.
Centro’s volunteers do not have age, sex or race barriers. Both, young and old, people of all nationalities, have come in the past and still continue to help people who are either in trouble or in need. Volunteering does not have racial or geographical distinctions. Volunteering cuts through any kind of man made barriers. It knows and has no boundaries, neighborhoods, city limits, county lines, states or countries. That’s because the tendency to volunteer is universal.
Centro Cultural is successful because for over 40 years it is still a volunteer driven organization. We can count on our volunteers because it makes them feel good to give back to the community. It provides a glow to the soul that is felt by others through contact a sense of worth. This is the intrinsic value of volunteering. It is not about money and volunteering should never ever be measured that way.
Centro Cultural Volunteers make its Heart beat
When Centro was established in 1972 the founding families understood the only way to address their current and future needs was to help each other through thick and thin. More than the need to be helped the need to help each other was then and still remains a positive force for Centro’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Consistent with our mission to promote education and economic development, increase cultural consciousness, respond to community needs and celebrate understanding among the diverse groups of our community.
Centro Cultural’s belief and commitment in its mission is what draws volunteers to our organization. Today the need to help is as great as ever and helping others still creates an invisible pull towards Centro, drawing many volunteers, who look at what Centro does for others as inspiration. Because people believe in the cause of our organization, even if that cause will cost them a great deal of personal sacrifice, that is why our volunteers are highly motivated. People join and volunteer because they believe the cause is right. This is the highest level of motivation they bring to our organization.
Over the 40 years of Centro’s existence, its volunteers have provided the vital motivation as the fuel that spurs others to follow the beaten path of performing ethical acts of kindness in community service. In 2011-2012 our volunteers performed over 2400 hours of volunteer service. This is $57,600 value In-Kind service to the community from Centro volunteers.
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give”. Winston Churchill