Archive for May, 2014

Making a Difference

May 15, 2014

Feeling out of touch with your community or the world at large? Happens all too frequently to people who have retired or can no longer work due to disability. Many require ways to stay motivated, to keep engaged with the community and maintain a sense of worth.

Are you looking to create new challenges and set new goals? Volunteerism is an option. It allows you to give back, to contribute to those in need, and feel better about yourself.

Do you have:

  • specific knowledge and life skills? – become a docent, mentor or teacher
  • tech experience? – offer to create and/or maintain a blog or website
  • organizational abilities? – volunteer as a bookkeeper or librarian
  • leadership qualities? – become a scout troop leader
  • D-I-Y savvy? – work for Habitat for Humanity or similar organization
  • a vehicle and able to drive?deliver meals to homebound persons
  • communication skills? – populate phone lines for charities
  • lack mobility? – help organize from home

Locating an opportunity to volunteer in you area may seem daunting. If so, there are organizations that can pair you up with a group that can best use your abilities.

Volunteer Match – provides links between people and causes
http://www.volunteermatch.org/

Volunteer Guide – make a difference from anywhere at anytime
http://www.volunteerguide.org/

Volunteer.gov – America’s natural and cultural resources volunteer portal
http://www.volunteer.gov/

American Red Cross – volunteer in your local community
http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer

United Way – we envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives
http://www.unitedway.org/take-action/volunteer/

Volunteering – doing so will let you help others and make a difference in the world, and in your life as well.