How do I volunteer?
In the AARP Bulletin for July/August they have a brief section called In the Know-Ask the Experts. One of the questions this month was:
"I'm getting ready to retire. I would like to volunteer in my community but I don't know where to begin. Any ideas?"
"You're in great company. A whooping 61 million people are currently volunteering around the country, according to government statistics. To begin you need to decide what interests you--working with children or with an animal welfare group or for a particular cause.
To find a volunteer opportunity near you, go to the government's website, http://www.serve.gov/, and plug in your ZIP code.
AARP also lists hundreds of volunteer jobs at www.aarp.org/makeadifference. The site matches individual interests with opportunities and enables volunteers to share their exeriences."
Another interesting site, http://www.volunteermatch.org/, says this about themselves:
"VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect."
And of course you can always search on Google. When I searched for Volunteer in Dallas Tx this is what appeared:
I love the idea of volunteering! With all we are blessed with in this great country of ours, it seems a shame when people are only willing to make an effort for others if they are paid.
Two of my favorite quotations about volunteers are from two exceptional people:
Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give."
And Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."