Let's talk real quick about volunteering.
Let's answer the WHY first -- the benefits of volunteering are many. Here's a few from the World Volunteer Web:
1. learn or develop a new skill. I'm learning to write grants. Who knew it would be this involved? It's also exciting to put together a grant and see it come to fruition.
2. Be part of a community. I volunteer at the Historical Society and have gotten to know some pretty incredible people right here in my town.
3. Motivation and sense of acheivement. Let me tell you - one person CAN make a difference!
4. Boost your career skills. 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary or being promoted.
You can read the entire article here.
Where are some good places to volunteer? That depends on you really. What would you like to do? I have an interest in history, so the historical society was a good fit. Like to read? Hit up the library - see what they have available. Like to work with the earth? Try the Department of Natural Resources - they always need help. You can also visit www.volunteermatch.org and enter in your info - and they will direct you to places that need volunteers.
I'm a big believer in volunteering - it brings you into contact with new people, expands your horizons and shows you the power of one to change the world!
Please check out these sites if you need some direction:
http://trainforhumanity.org Do any of the armchair athletes need your help? It's not always about money -- there may be some service you could provide! Just ask.
www.liveearth.org One world. One Climate. Be the change.
That's just a start. Where do you volunteer? I'm looking forward to your input and sharing opportunities with my readers!
The picture is the Leander Reeve Home 1/2 mile away from where I live. I give tours and write grants!