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Volunteering: An American Tradition


(October 14, 2008)  Volunteering is an American tradition. It is one way that an individual can make a difference.

  • Approximately 109 million American adults volunteer annually - that's 56% of all adults.

  • Volunteers contribute an average of 3.5 hours per week - totaling 20 billion hours with an estimated dollar value of $225 billion.

  • 59% of teenagers volunteer an average of 3.5 hours per week - that's 13.3 million volunteers totaling 2.4 billion hours at a total value of $7.7 billion.
Where to volunteer?
Volunteermatch.org
http://www.volunteermatch.org/
Search for Volunteer Opportunities Within Your Own Community

USAFreedomCorps.org
http://www.USAFreedomCorps.org/
Search for Volunteer Opportunities Listed in the USA Freedom Corps National Data Base

Points of Light/Hands On Network
http://www.1-800-volunteer.org/1800Vol/OpenIndexAction.do
Locate a Volunteer Center in Your Area

Habitat for Humanity
http://www.habitat.org/
Help build homes for those in need

ServiceNation
http://www.bethechangeinc.org/servicenation
Join The Campaign to Promote a Favorable National Service Policy Agenda in America

American Red Cross
https://www.givelife.org/index_flash.cfm?thisHB=08/28/2008%2008:55:04
Bloob Supplies Are Dwindling. Make An Appointment to Donate Today

Youth Service America
http://ysa.org/
Support the World's Largest Youth Service Organization

American Red Cross
http://www.citizencorps.gov
Donate Blood/Prepare a Disaster Plan

MyGoodDeed.org
http://www.mygooddeed.org/My-Profile/?uid=76
Changing the World one good deed at a time!

Network For Good
http://www.networkforgood.org/
Database of More Than One Million Charitable Organizations

ServiceNation
http://www.bethechangeinc.org/servicenation/splash
Participate in the Nationwide Day of Action, September 27, 2009

Make a Difference Day
http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday/aboutmadd.html
Participate in Make a Difference Day, Oct 27, 2008

MLK Day
http://www.mlkday.gov/
Participate in Martin Luther King Day, Feb 8, 2009

National Volunteer Week
http://www.pointsoflight.org/programs/seasons/nvw/
Participate in the National Week of Service
April 19 25, 2009
April 18 24, 2010

Global Youth Service Day, April 24-26, 2009
http://www.ysa.org/NatlGYSD/tabid/59/Default.aspx
Join the World's Largest Youth Service Event Organized by Youth Service America

New York Cares
http://www.nycares.org/
New York Cares Programs Including the Winter Coat Drive and New York Cares Day on October 18, 2008

The Network for Good provides
10 tips on Volunteering Wisely
Research the causes or issues important to you.
Look for a group that works with issues about which you feel strongly. You might already be giving money to one of these organizations, and that might be a good place to begin your volunteer experience. If you can't find such an organization, here's a challenging and intriguing thought: why not start one yourself? You can rally your neighbors to clean up that vacant lot on the corner, patrol the neighborhood, paint an elderly neighbor's house, take turns keeping an eye on the ailing person down the street, or form a group to advocate for a remedy to that dangerous intersection in your neighborhood. There is no end to the creative avenues for volunteering, just as there is no end to the need for volunteers.

Consider the skills you have to offer.
If you enjoy outdoor work, have a knack for teaching, or just enjoy interacting with people, you may want to look for volunteer work that would incorporate these aspects of your personality. Many positions require a volunteer who has previous familiarity with certain equipment, such as computers, or who possesses certain skills, such as ability in athletics or communications. For one of these positions you might decide to do something comparable to what you do on the job during your workday, or something that you already enjoy as a hobby. This sort of position allows you to jump right into the work without having to take training to prepare for the assignment.

Would you like to learn something new?
Perhaps you would like to learn a new skill or gain exposure to a new situation. Consider seeking a volunteer opportunity where you'll learn something new. For example, volunteering to work on the newsletter for the local animal shelter will improve your writing and editing abilities - skills that may help you in your career. Or, volunteering can simply offer a change from your daily routine. For example, if your full-time job is in an office, you may decide to take on a more active volunteer assignment, such as leading tours at an art museum or building a playground. Many nonprofits seek out people who are willing to learn. Realize beforehand, however, that such work might require a time commitment for training before the actual volunteer assignment begins.

Combine your goals.
Look for volunteer opportunities that will also help you achieve your other goals for your life. For example, if you want to lose a few extra pounds, pick an active volunteer opportunity, such as cleaning a park or working with kids. Or, if you've been meaning to take a cooking class, try volunteering at a food bank that teaches cooking skills.

Don't over-commit your schedule.
Make sure the volunteer hours you want to give fit into your hectic life, so that you don't frustrate your family, exhaust yourself, shortchange the organization you're trying to help or neglect your job. Do you want a long-term assignment or something temporary? If you are unsure about your availability, or want to see how the work suits you before making an extensive commitment, see whether the organization will start you out on a limited number of hours until you get the feel of things. Better to start out slowly than to commit yourself to a schedule you can't or don't want to fulfill.

Nonprofits may have questions, too.
While most nonprofits are eager to find volunteer help, they have to be careful when accepting the services you offer. If you contact an organization with an offer to volunteer your time, you may be asked to come in for an interview, fill out a volunteer application, or describe your qualifications and your background just as you would at an interview for a paying job. It is in the organization's interest and more beneficial to the people it serves to make certain you have the skills needed, that you are truly committed to doing the work, and that your interests match those of the nonprofit. Furthermore, in volunteer work involving children or other at-risk populations, there are legal ramifications for the organization to consider.

Consider volunteering as a family.
Think about looking for a volunteer opportunity suitable for parents and children to do together, or for a husband and wife to take on as a team. When a family volunteers to work together at a nonprofit organization, the experience can bring them closer together, teach young children the value of giving their time and effort, introduce everyone in the family to skills and experiences never before encountered, and give the entire family a shared experience as a wonderful family memory.

Virtual volunteering?
Yes, there is such a thing! If you have computer access and the necessary skills, some organizations now offer the opportunity to do volunteer work over the computer. This might take the form of giving free legal advice, typing a college term paper for a person with a disability, or simply keeping in contact with a shut-in who has e-mail. This sort of volunteering might be well suited to you if you have limited time, no transportation, or a physical disability that precludes you from getting about freely. Virtual volunteering can also be a way for you to give time if you simply enjoy computers and want to employ your computer skills in your volunteer work.

I never thought of that!
Many community groups are looking for volunteers, and some may not have occurred to you. Most of us know that hospitals, libraries, and churches use volunteers for a great deal of their work, but here are some volunteer opportunities that may not have crossed your mind:

Day care centers, Neighborhood Watch, Public Schools and Colleges
Halfway houses, Community Theaters, Drug Rehabilitation Centers, Fraternal Organizations and Civic Clubs
Retirement Centers and Homes for the Elderly, Meals on Wheels, Church or Community-Sponsored Soup Kitchens or Food Pantries
Museums, Art Galleries, and Monuments
Community Choirs, Bands and Orchestras
Prisons, Neighborhood Parks, Youth Organizations, Sports Teams, and after-school programs Shelters for Battered Women and Children
Historical Restorations, Battlefields and National Parks
Give voice to your heart through your giving and volunteering!
Bring your heart and your sense of humor to your volunteer service, along with your enthusiastic spirit, which in itself is a priceless gift. What you'll get back will be immeasurable!


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