Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Volunteer Tuesday

 One of my passions is volunteering.  As Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle stated in Pearl Harbor, "There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer."  And he's right.  Volunteers are some of the most energetic, passionate, caring people you will ever meet.  Why?  Because they give their time and energy for FREE.

I believe whole-heartedly that a person can find peace and happiness just by volunteering.  When you give of yourself freely in a way that benefits those around you, you are also benefiting yourself.  There is great satisfaction in providing a service for others.  And people of all ages can volunteer!

I believe volunteering is also beneficial for children and youth.  Besides giving kids valuable work experience, it teaches them so many other things such as working with a team, work ethics, and how to communicate with people of all ages, not just their own peer group.  It teaches them not just how to follow orders but also how to be a leader.

And since I love volunteering so much, every Tuesday I'm dedicating a post to that subject.  I will give you ideas, post photos, articles, and more.  Hopefully, I will inspire in you a sense of volunteerism, too.

Today's Idea:


Volunteer Match is a great website where you can go to find opportunities all over the world.  Enter your zip code to find opportunities, organizations, or disaster volunteering.  They even have webinars on How To Be A Great Volunteer and you can tell your own volunteer story.  If you have a non-profit, you can recruit volunteers.  They also have communities on the major social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get out there!


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