I am interested in working less and volunteering more. I’ve recently relocated to a new area and think it would be a good way to give something back and to meet new friends. Any suggestions of volunteering success stories would be greatly appreciated.
My friend's mom relocated across the country to be near her daughter. She found great fulfillment volounteeting at the local library. If that doesn't interest you, think about what does. Chances are you can contribute to that cause whether it's coaching, hospital work, museums.
A natural place to start if you are a member of a church is to check with their volunteer group or mission committee. I’m a member of the United Methodist Church in northern New Jersey and I find their efforts to assist with the homeless and at walk-in shelters are especially rewarding. They are also very involved with Habitat for Humanity. This year we also organized a drive to send 330 care boxes to our soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Others to consider are your local chapter of the American Red Cross, your local library and hospital. I am training my golden retriever to be a pet therapy dog and look forward to having her visit area hospitals and nursing homes. Whatever you decide to do, volunteering is extremely rewarding.
hi irisheyes, you might also check out your local Kiwanis Club, committed to helping children and communities with shelters for the homeless, food for the hungry and care for the sick. the Lions club is another wonderful volunteer oportunity. It is recognized worldwide for its service to the blind and visually impaired.
I worked for 45 years as an accountant and also volunteered my accounting skills for nonprofits. You can find out if you have an Executive Service Corps in your area at www.escus.org. If not you can call your local chamber of commerce or United Way.
The holidays are a great time to become a first-time volunteer. Of course you can be a bell-ringing-santa helping the Salvation Army solicit funds for its many worthy projects. How about gift wrapping at your local mall to benefit a worthy cause?
I'll bet your community has a local thrift or consignment shop whose profits benefit a local charity. Ever consider volunteering at your local hospital gift shop? Helping a friend or loved one choose a gift for someone confined to the hospital over the holidays is a service straight from the heart.
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