The Joys Of Volunteering

Last Update: January 21, 2013
Happy Monday WA!

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, a day set aside to honor his legacy of Non-Violence and reflect on the freedom and rights we enjoy. It has also become known as a National Day Of Service in which we commemorate his life by volunteering and giving back to our communities. What a great way to show the world that we care not only for our own, but for those we have never met!

Volunteering is a always a win/win situation, others benefit by our help, and we better ourselves by reaching out to others and participating in worthy cause. I enjoy working with the local Food Bank, participating in my neighborhood Community Clean-Up Day, and am active in Greyhound Rescue events. My next project will be working with Habitat For Humanity, an organization that builds homes for low income folks. It will be fun to my DIY skills to use, learn new ones and make friends along the way! What talents do you have to share? Can you volunteer reading to kids at your local school, coach a Little League Team, or visit those without families at a Senior Center? We have so much to share with others and the payoff from helping others is priceless!

All of have causes that are important to us. Are you passionate about Recycling, World Hunger, Literacy Issues, or just want to give back, then volunteering is for you! I challenge each of you to look outward rather than inward. Even the smallest gesture in helping others could make a huge difference for someone else!

Try Volunteering........ You Will Love The Joy It Brings!

Sammi:)
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Labman Premium
I appreciate that people have chosen one day a year to donate their time to a chosen charity, Years ago I worked for the YMCA and had the opportunity to coordinate a rag-tag group of volunteers that had been tasked by their company to help us out. There were some great people and some that grumbled the entire day.
We got most of a landscaping task completed. I appreciated the help but still needed another week to complete all the work that needed to be done.

Now, I have made volunteerism a part of my life. Granted in this case its all about the dog but, certified Search Dogs are not bred, they are made through repeated training. They make a huge difference in people's lives when needed.
Visiting with the Therapy Dogs is quite rewarding as well and I love the way people's faces light up when the dogs visit.
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sammikay Premium
Thanks for reading Craig! It really does take a village to get stuff accomplished. Everyone is important! I know what you mean about the Therapy Dogs, we use them in Greyhound Rescue as well. You are so right, faces light up with smiles when the dogs arrive! Dogs are people too! Thank you for volunteering with them! PS- Canines never complain or grumble when asked to help out!

Sammi:)
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kathyjf1530 Premium
Great idea. I worked for quite a few years on staff at a nonprofit and we all truly appreciated our wonderful volunteers.
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sammikay Premium
Kathy- I appreciate your reading my post!! Non- Profit Organizations do good work!!

Sammi:)
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theranman Premium
Sammi, I couldn't agree with you more. I try to volunteer at least once a week to help somewhere. What we can give to others will come back to us in multiples of blessing.
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sammikay Premium
Randy, thanks for reading my post! Volunteering Rocks!!

Sammi:)
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Hello Sammi
You must be a very kind and a generous person. Keep t up\
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Regards
suresh
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sammikay Premium
Suresh, I really appreciate your kind words, and taking time to read my post!

Sammi:)
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FrankLiso Premium
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy that's a very nice and needed group to volunteer with.
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sammikay Premium
Frank- Great suggestion....... that's a very needed place to help! Thanks for reading my post.

Sammi:)
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