Friday, April 17, 2009
Get involved: National Volunteer Week
Volunteering is one of my favorite hobbies; it's free and you get to help people at the same time. What can be better than that? I've been inspired to make my community a better place by the actions of history's greatest leaders and public servants; from Gandhi, Princess Diana, Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey, to Dr. King and so many more. National Volunteer Week runs from April 19th to April 25th and this year's theme is "Celebrating People in Action." This theme presents a chance for people, organizations, and cities to recognize the everyday people that make meaningful impacts on their communities. National Volunteer Week couldn't come at a better time, it comes on the heels of Senate passing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The Act would increase funding for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs and President Barack Obama (another great public servant) is slated to sign the Act soon. Please check out opportunities to volunteer on www.volunteermatch.org and the official National Volunteer Week website: http://www.handsonnetwork.org/programs/more/nvw.
Both websites are super easy to navigate and you can even search for opportunities based on your service and organization preference.
The First has time to volunteer, I'm sure you can donate an hour of your time
More info on National Service Legislature:
By giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.