Sadly we hear of rabbanim and others who are niftar, and sometimes, at the levaya, it gets said over that because of their great involvement with the community, they greatly minimized sleep etc.
While the mesiras nefesh (self sacrifice) is something great, it is indeed mesiras nefesh, and it comes to a point where it can be too difficult, and simply a great strain on one’s health. Yet, we know that the matters that they are involved with are of paramount importance, and that therefore they overstrain themselves, and we would most certainly as well, if we were involved.
I think a solution is that we make an emergency campaign that every rav and involved askan etc. have an assistant who can help him in his kllal work. We hear of rabbanim of even smaller shuls who are very involved with the kllal – beyond the members of their shuls. While this is very special, they need sleep too! Therefore, this would most certainly help. And who knows, maybe some people might even be more confortable speaking to the assistant first, as they might feel that speaking directly to the rav makes them into a ‘case’ (although this is most certainly not the case!:). I think this is something that can help greatly, and will only benefit the Kllal more in the long run. It is amazing how matters continue to run smoothly in a community because of the involvement of rabbanim and askanim. As has been mentioned, whether it is help with specific issues, or just to discuss matters, and ‘clear one’s thoughts’.
An additional benefit that would come from this is the concept of shimush — that one who is learning halacha gets. It is a given that one who is learning to pasken shailos (halachic queries) must, in addition to taking tests on the subject, have shimush (lit. ‘assistance’) by a rav, to get actual ‘hands on’ experience with how he deals with shailos . If so, why not for hashkafic and communal matters as well?! I think the work of these assistants will definitely help to expand what the rav is already doing. I would think that they should also deserve a salary for their time.
Let us do what we can to help out in this area, whether personally or monetarily.