January 28, 2010

Daily Inspiration: Volunteering

I've noticed that when I do something good for someone, it really helps to boost my own self esteem as well. Granted that's not the main reason to volunteer, but if you're looking for a healthy dose of good feeling in your life, I suggest volunteering for something important. Whether the project is big or small, it will make a difference.

Volunteerism is recognized within schools, colleges, and even employers. The more time you spend helping others, the more people see that you are an individual looking to make a difference.

So where to begin? Start Brainstorming

Is there a current event or issue that is important to your or your community? Think about changes that can be made for the better within your life, someone else's life or within the community.

If you're still drawing a blank, search Google or Yahoo for Volunteer Projects/Ideas. Also, you can check out a book from the library regarding volunteering projects and ideas.

You can also see if your school has a volunteer club or program. If so, see what requirements are necessary to join in.

Resources for Volunteering

There are several web sites and searches that will provide locations and current volunteer projects available to students. Below is a list of sites that are user friendly and credible:

1. Do Something-dosomething.org- This website has been featured on national television and is recognized for the multitude of volunteer projects available. You can even start your own volunteer project and post it online for others to possibly join in and provide support. (Insider tip- Do Something also provides scholarships for noteworthy volunteer projects, so sign up and get started)

2. Volunteer Match-http://www.volunteermatch.org- A volunteer project search engine.

3. United Way of Tampa Bay-http://www.unitedwaytampabay.com/- very resourceful web site that lists current projects in the local Tampa Bay area.

4. Hands on Network-http://www.handsonnetwork.org- useful not only for students, but for children as well whom want to participate in volunteer projects.

For iPod & iPhone Lovers
There's even an app that promotes volunteerism and doing good things for others! Go download DoGood-an app that daily challenges you with an act of kindness to pursue- if you do the act, you can mark it as done and blog about your experiences, as well as read stories from other's acts of kindness.

I promise you that volunteering is worthwhile for so many different reasons. If you haven't tried it, make an attempt. Doing well for others can become addictive, in a good way :)

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