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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sacramento Man On A Mission: Volunteer For 20 Causes In 20 Days

Erik, a Sacramento man, is on a truly giving mission: he's dedicating himself to twenty causes over twenty days.

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He explains that he's never volunteered before, and that he'd like to challenge himself and live outside his comfort zone, which is part of the reason why he came up with 20 Causes, 20 Days.

I'd like to do my small part to help make our community - the Sacramento region - a better place. I have the time and ability to do this. I want to help people and create some great lifelong memories in the process. I've been inspired by my mom.

Erik goes on to explain how enduring of an inspiration his mother, Gale, is, in his life.

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Erik's calendar of causes has included delivering two Thanksgiving dinners to needy families in the Sacramento area, singing karaoke for senior citizens, and sorting donated coats for kids as part of a drive with the Salvation Army. He's thoughtfully chronicled each day of volunteering on his blog.

Today marked Erik's 14th cause. Erik volunteered with the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center to celebrate the birthdays of children whose families used to be homeless -- at a party complete with cupcakes and presents.

Founded in 1972, the Center is a program that helps families transition from being homeless and serves 500 people each day through 14 of its programs.

Follow Erik on Twitter and stay tuned for the final six days of of 20 Causes 20 Days.

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