Why do we do the things we do? It’s a question of purpose in any volunteers’ actions.
But nothing is more vital than knowing “why do we exist, as a person or institution?” For it verifies the main cause of one’s existence and significance. The actions are only proofs of what’s within.
If you are into interested in going deeper into a volunteer program, you may learn from this model of which I’m familiar with, particularly, the Bless Our Cops and Soldiers (BOCS).
Here are are simple steps that you can consider in your organization also.
1. Define Your Core Belief.
For example, the CARTC police trainees see volunteer leaders from various walks of life. Some asked: why is the BOCS—Bless Our Cops and Soldiers—here?
Answer: BOCS exists to be a blessing. That’s it—nothing less, nothing more.
It’s the core belief of BOCS to bear the essence of its name; that every police trainee is or can be blessed in all areas of life.
In the line of a God-centered, family-based, and service-oriented PNP, BOCS is synergizing to reach this vision.
2. Distinguish the Covered Aspects of Your Program.
Intellectually, trainees join CARTC to learn the success principles of PNP officers through excellent programs while BOCS’s role is to bless everyone about knowledge of life’s essence and mind renewal (Rom. 12:1).
Physically, trainees are subject to healthy exercises while BOCS promotes healthy lifestyles by taking care of the body as God’s temple.
Emotionally, CARTC inculcates loyalty and love for God and country, likewise the BOCS too—in view that God loves all, every trainee and police officer.
At CARTC, relationally wise, trainees experience loneliness in leaving families behind for months. However, they also gained new friends and brothers in arms. BOCS supported it with the idea of God as your friend (John 15:13-14).
Financially, CARTC supports trainees and aims for facility developments, and BOCS volunteers share their blessings and do not consider coming ever day as expenses. Isn’t it good if every police officer raises his or her financial intelligence and be better equipped in handling money concerns for their family’s well-being?
3. Connect with God and Humanity.
While on the social aspect, CARTC develops trainees for community service and protection; BOCS exemplifies reaching out to communities, especially the law enforcers.
At the purpose’ core to bless police trainees is the spiritual growth. CARTC recognizes the need for spiritual awareness. BOCS inspires trainees to connect with God.
It must be made clear. The purpose of BOCS is not to convert anyone to a religion or church, but to change a life.
Every volunteer of BOCS prays for trainees regularly. To bless is to “ask God to look favorably on” every trainee. BOCS is aware that being a police is a spiritual calling.
This is the new breed of cops. PSupt. P. Malabed observes, “The training center is where it matters most.” About 60% of charges or violations against officers are in the Police Officer or PO1 level.
There is, indeed, according to him, a need to “embark on a journey of transformation.” His priorities for CARTC are facility development, enhancing students’ welfare, and curriculum development. BOCS supports him believing that
PSupt. P. Malabed’s priorities for CARTC are facility development, enhancing students’ welfare, and curriculum development. BOCS supports him believing that there is hope for our communities, cities, and country.
PSupt. P. Malabed says, “If we transform the PNP, we transform the nation.”
The message is clear and BOCS concur. By God’s aid, we can be transformed. Be changed in your life and you’ll change the world around you. We cannot change ourselves apart from God’s help and Christ’s transformative power. That is why the vision lives on:
Be changed in your life and you’ll change the world around you. We cannot change ourselves apart from God’s help and Christ’s transformative power.
That is why the vision lives on, as PNP Gen. Hawthorne Binag puts it: God in every cop.
Now, do you have something noble to your cause to be a volunteer?
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017
This article is originally entitled “Blessed to be a Blessing” and was published in Balitok, the official gazette of CARTC.