We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
The Council and PRO-ACT rely greatly on volunteers to help us meet our mission of providing resources and opportunities to reduce the impact of addiction, trauma, and other related health issues. Many of our services and events could not happen without them—for example, it took more than 400 volunteers to make the last Recovery Walk in Philadelphia the success we all experienced.
Many of our volunteers initially volunteer out of a desire to “give back” to a community that has helped or is helping them in some way. Many, however, have reported that in return for their time and talents they have received benefits that far exceeded their expectations or what they feel they contributed. And while most volunteers can name or put words to what they have gained through volunteering, others cannot. Recently, at that same Recovery Walk, one volunteer walking in The Honor Guard simply stood speechless with tears rising in his eyes when asked what it meant to him to have served on one of the organizing committees for the Walk.
Some of what people have said they enjoyed about volunteering for The Council and PRO-ACT has been that they:
Felt needed and valued
Made a difference in someone’s life
Broadened their “clean” social contacts and met new people
Learned new skills
Increased their self-esteem and self-confidence
Learned that they had skills they were unaware of
Contributed to their own community
Got purpose to their day, particularly for those who had lost jobs
Received satisfaction from completing a task
Felt a part of something larger than themselves
Felt proud of their commitment
Found a place to share their talents or skills
Therefore, instead of considering volunteering as something you might do for us, begin to think of it as anexchange. Peers helping peers is important in helping people sustain their own recovery. Do not feel, however, that you must be in recovery to volunteer for The Council or PRO-ACT. We have several volunteer coordinators who have lots of experience in matching people’s desires and skills with our needs. Please contact one of them listed here:
Recovery Training Center, 444 N 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA John Carlson 215-923-1661 Philadelphia RCC, 1701 W Lehigh Ave. #6, Philadelphia, PA She-Ria Bethea 215-223-7700 Southern Bucks RCC, 1286 Veterans Highway, D-6, Bristol, PA Karen Burke 215-788-3738 Womens RCC, 25 Beulah Road, New Britain, PA Rick Petrolawicz Petrolawicz 215-345-6644 Central Bucks RSS, 252 W Swamp Road, Unit 12, Doylestown PA Rick Petrolawicz 215-345-6644