How often do you check your email while ignoring the person next to you? How many of your dinners are spent watching TV, rather than conversing with your companion? How often are you on the phone multitasking when you realize you have no idea what the person is even talking about?
When volunteers get the meaning and see the value and results from volunteerism, they increase rather than decrease their time. Doing make-work, being used inefficiently and having no yard stick to measure success are all factors."
This school used to be a plastic bottle. This school also used to be an empty chip bag, a coffee cup and a candy wrapper. In fact, it used to be a whole village full of inorganic trash that littered the streets and clogged the rivers.
By the time, he was a young teen he weighed in at around 300 lbs., learned his father had drank and drugged away his college fund and felt he had little prospect for any type of a real future. Cause and effect.
As we approach Pro Bono Week, it is critical that we address the big social sector questions. How do we build capacity? How do we ensure quality and impact? How do we become sustainable?
What we have in the philanthropic industry is an ability to identify what are the problems, but no imaginative ideas for how they can be addressed. Great people, great intentions, but the results will not arrive.
Volunteers are and will remain the backbone of our movement. At Girl Scouts, we are innovating new ways to reach and engage the adults who will help us create the next generation of female leadership in America.
Depending upon what you enjoy doing, you can combine travel and volunteering in virtually any part of the world. Here's one suggestion for people who like to drive, take beautiful walks, be dazzled by nature and world-class views, relish peace and quiet, and seriously love animals.
Without my Social Security check arriving on the third Wednesday of the month, I would probably be dead... and I certainly wouldn't have been able to finance my first documentary. This is a cautionary tale, about being "one bad thing away."
1. Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time ...
Supporting fundraisers is a great way teach your children the concepts of charity and volunteerism. It is also an important way of reinforcing money lessons in the real world that will last a lifetime.
When in doubt, forget all the rules, the seven- or nine- or 50-point lists, the how-to guides and the self-help books, the therapeutic techniques, the TED talks, the recipes and formulas... and just love.
In December 2008 Credit Default Swaps (CDS) were all the range. Everywhere you looked in finance there was talk about this company on the verge of collapse or that institution about to go under.
At times like this, I am still proud of our country, and when people ask me how I can feel this way, I always tell them "look local." If you just think about the good, hardworking Americans you know, it will make you feel better.
You already travel regularly with your kids. You know that family travel can be eye-opening and foster better global understanding. Are you ready for a volunteer vacation? Here's what you need to know before volunteering abroad with kids.
This past week the Junior Leagues held their Fall Leadership Conference in the Motor City. We came, we saw and we learned a lot.