Guilt may induce you to sign up for a thankless task, but it quickly loses its motivational power as the job wears on. If you're going to volunteer, don't simply respond to somebody else's desperate plea for help. Think about how you can create a meaningful experience for yourself.
When you engage in skills-based volunteering projects, you get to see how other leaders lead. You get to problem solve in new environments. You get to work with different teams in different ways. All of these make you better at doing your own job.
The big suggestion is to call the local school, but guess what, everyone is calling them. Therefore it is a challenge to make your agency their priority. The solution; tap into people that already have an interest in the work your agency does.
Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?
This month is National Volunteer Month. And of all the ways corporations support volunteerism I like what Apple Corporation does the most.
The reality is, we all have times of need. We all have moments when we have to reach out for help. At that time in my life I was thankful for the food bank. Their services helped feed my mind and body so that I could continue with my education.
As we wrap up National Volunteer Week, it's compelling to consider why it is that the word "just" is so often attached to the word "volunteers."
With so many choices regarding how we spend our time being of service to others... why would anyone choose to work with people who are grieving? I set about posing that question to both professionals and volunteers.
I've been told that in the darkest nights, the brightest stars are seen. Five years ago, the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 was one of those nights.
The year was 1974. Hank Aaron had just broken Babe Ruth's home run record and UPC codes were introduced as a major new technological innovation. America was in an energy crisis, and in the midst of the Watergate scandal.
Emily Johnston / Catalyst launches the Lenapehoking (New York City) installment of SHORE on Sunday April 19th, with gatherings and events taking place at various locations April 19-26, and performances at New York Live Arts happening April 23-25.
Businesses, especially those that are publicly held, are known to be self-serving entities and that is exactly why we see more and more companies investing in giving campaigns. Businesses have realized what philosophers have known for years: to give is to get.
I recently sat down with Briana for an in-depth interview, a plan we masterfully crafted through Twitter. We Skyped, as Briana was still in the hospital with a weak immune system--one week prior, on March 17th, she had had her second bone marrow transplant.
With National Volunteer Week starting today (April 12), it is important to remember all the things volunteers do.
Just because you don't have a job the moment you walk across that stage doesn't mean your diploma has gone to waste. It takes some time to find a job post-grad and you're not alone.
I have been many things in many life and a foster child and adoptee are just two of them, but I do know that without those who loved and cared for me, I would not be where I am or who I am today. For that, I will forever be grateful.