Meet John Doe: Find a candidate or worthy cause and volunteer this new year

By Paul Gorski

Some people want to improve the community by making contributions to worthy causes; or by creating fuzzy, touchy-feeling groups that want to “transform us;” and others by running for political office. However, if those options don’t work for you, volunteer for a worthy cause or worthy political candidate.

Contributions to many nonprofits are down right now, and they can use all the help they can get, even if only a few hours of your time, and worthy political candidates might appreciate a few more volunteers this spring and fall. I’m not making any specific recommendations, but if you’re interested in volunteering for a nonprofit, a good place to start is the United Way of Rock River Valley ( The local United Way maintains a database of volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering for a political candidate, contact the candidate directly or contact your local political party of choice and ask for recommendations. Yes, I know, finding a worthy candidate can be tough sometimes. If you care for my opinion about the upcoming elections, contact me at If you’re working for a campaign and are contacting me covertly to find out what I’m saying about your candidate, that’s fine. The truth will set you free.

I’d also add that you shouldn’t be shy and that you should contribute your opinions to the free and open press. Volunteer your time and send a letter to the editor or a commentary. We’re always looking for inspirational material.

Have a merry Christmas!

Paul Gorski ( is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper.

From the Dec. 25-31, 2013, issue

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