Up for a cup of tea?
I am sitting enjoying a cup of tea and chatting with my friend about group activities. Somehow we got on the topic of volunteering. So Gillian and I start talking about how inadequate we feel.
Volunteerism, we all hear about it, we want to do it, but half the time we don’t know how. Volunteering is giving of ourselves in an activity that helps others, without financial gain. When we do this, we feel good about it, improving our self-worth and sometimes how others view us.
I started writing this and stopped, and then the Oklahoma tornado happened and it was another reminder of how lucky we are. Help is needed in our communities, we must remember that. So decide today to give back.
You can volunteer locally, even from home by sharing your skills via the internet, or be adventurous and organize a group of friends and volunteer internationally as a vacation give back. There are many ways, start small. In 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a decline in volunteerism by 0.3% to 26.5%. It may appear small but it is a downward trend. Be a catalyst for change in 2013, one volunteer at a time.
Before making a commitment, be honest and evaluate where you are.
- Do you prefer to be on a team or to work alone?
- Do you like to be in the spot light, or quietly left alone to do your thing?
- How much time can you really commit to and be dependable to show up?
- What skills can you contribute?
- What are you truly passionate about?
Don’t limit yourself, try various opportunities and find the one or two that are right for you. If you like the organization and the benefit it brings, you will be more likely to continue to contribute.
Learn more about volunteerism.
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give”