NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK (April 15-21)

Sunday, April 15th: Today marks the start of a week to give back. April 15th to 21st is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK. Established in 1974, this week is sponsored by Points of Light Institute & Hands On Network. The week may be a national celebration for the past forty years, but it only echoes the spirit of the people making up our country and our communities.

According to http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/calendar/national-volunteer-week-2012, “National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.”

How can we volunteer and help our communities? Are there any ways to help at your church? Your local library? Your child’s school? Your local animal shelter?

What needs are special to your heart? Children? Animals? The plight of the homeless?

Do you have any special talents that could help others? Construction that could help Habitat for Humanity? Organizational skills that could help countless non-profits? Can you walk or run for one of the many benefits, such as for diabetes, cancer or heart?

For a list of how you can incorporate volunteering into a busy schedule, see this site: http://www.handsonnetwork.org/files/resources/A_Ten_Ways_to_Volunteer_on_Your_Own_Schedule_2009_Kathleen_King.pdf

Let’s celebrate life this week by giving something back to others who need a helping hand.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy Dwyer
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 01:20:52

    What a great post! Even in this economy people can afford to give a little of their time. My son has public service hours he has to fulfill as part of his high school graduation requirements and church requirements for confirmation. It’s been fun watching what he decides to support.

    Reply

    • trishafaye
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 03:35:05

      It’s always nice to give something back in appreciation for all the good in our life.
      How fun with your son, watching them grow up and make decisions with increasing maturity (sometimes).

      Reply

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