Many nonprofits dream of expanding their volunteer ranks with individuals who bring decades of life and work experience -- as well as commitment and passion. What those organizations may not realize is that these ideal candidates are out there... en masse!
A few times I sat on the subway, wondering what the scene would look like if everyone were wearing a nametag. Nicer. Friendlier. "This is something I should propose to the mayor," I thought... or maybe some large bank or other group. Someone ought to do it, that's for sure.
I'm here because I'm trying to live a life that matters. Because my father, the best man I've ever known, died suddenly, a heart attack stealing his life. I'm here because it seems I'll never be a father myself. And so I find myself asking questions.
Bears and cavities were hardly the only dangers we faced this summer as my husband and I packed up our kids for a seven-week, 5,500-mile trek across the country. Beyond mere survival, what did we hope to accomplish and what did we learn?
Founder Ami Dar, a globetrotter who was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Peru and Mexico, and now lives in New York, started the site with a vision of creating a global network of people and organizations hoping to make a difference.
Particularly during this hum-drum economy, having glaring gaps in a resume is foolish, especially when volunteer opportunities are abundant. And I'm not alone in the belief that true volunteer work in your chosen profession is worth mentioning.
I encourage everyone to volunteer and share the gifts they have to offer. If you want to teach yoga, then find someone who needs more attention, who for whatever reason can't come to a regular class. Volunteer your time.
A group of individuals, inspired by President Obama's vow to make service a "a central cause" of his presidency, have banded together to create a new website that aims to become a craigslist for service. It's called All For Good.