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Volunteering Makes A Difference
Volunteering doesn't need to cost you anything except your time, compassion, caring and ability to make a difference in someone's life. There are many local and national charities that can always use help in various ways. There are volunteers who offer their services to such as carpenters, flooring installers, cleaning services, computer geeks, data entry assistants, receptionists and many other services that the charities appreciate.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has a variety of fundraisers and are always on the lookout for volunteers. The 3 Day, 20 miles a day event needs volunteers to man the rest stops stations that are set up throughout the walk each day in three mile increments, they require doctors, nurses and aides to treat participants for anything from blisters to sprained ankles. Volunteers serve cook and serve breakfast and dinner at the home camp as well as those who help at the luncheon station. The riders are volunteers who ride bikes along the course, offering encouragement to the walkers. The van drivers cruise the course in case a walker needs a ride to the next rest station or back to the camp for whatever reason. Go to the Susan G. Komen foundation to see what events they have planned in your area. You are able to volunteer on line and they will provide you with all the information you need.
The American Cancer Society has The Relay For Life. This is a 24 hour relay to raise money which goes to mobile hospitals that visit lower income areas, offering mammograms for those who don't have health insurance or may not have transportation. They provide transportation to chemo appointments, doctor visits, offer prescription assistance, give families hospital beds for those who chose home instead of the hospital. There are always volunteer positions for these events. Check your local newspapers or go on line to see where there is a Relay for Life in your area. I am sure they would welcome you with open arms.
The Big Brother, Big Sister organizations can always use a helping hand for those children who may not have a male or female figure at home. I know from first hand experience the smiles you could bring to a child's face just by giving them your attention and time. You could play cars with them, board games, go to the park, take them for an ice cream, go to a movie. For all you know, these children may never have had any of those experiences. Just imagine the change you could make in their lives.
Toys for Tots is always asking for volunteers to help round up toys for the needy. Some people ask their place of employment if they can set up a donation center or place a box somewhere for toys being donated. Some people who have Christmas Parties ask their guests to bring an unwrapped toy and have a spot set up for the donations. Some volunteers make their deliveries and others load the delivery trucks or unload the donations that have been brought to the main Toy for Tots location. in my area it's the local Marine recruiting office who handles the campaign.
There are local food pantries who need volunteers to hand out food to those in need. This is especially important during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the busiest times of the year for most food pantries. Then there are the local shelters that ask for volunteers to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to occupants. Then there are the soup kitchens who serve the homeless and others in need. Now this type of volunteering hits close to home, reminding us to appreciate what we have.
These are just a few examples of organizations that are always on the lookout for volunteers. Check your local newspaper in their " event " section they may have volunteer positions listed. Contact local churches and schools I'm sure they could use some help. Most churches need volunteers to teach Religious Education, participate in Mass, set up for functions, serve food at functions. Check the local phone book, go on line and goggle volunteer for your area or search for a specific organization. There are so many volunteering opportunities out there just waiting for you.