November 18, 2010

Tip of the day—Volunteering and Donations not just for the holidays

This time of the year people begin to think about ways to give to others in their communities.  It is true, there is a great need during winter months, and I very much encourage you to give of your time and money to worthy causes.  However, I also encourage you to mark your calendars for 2011 and make an effort to volunteer and donate regularly.  Food pantries need food and goods year round. Volunteers are needed 364 days of the year just as much, if not more, than on Thanksgiving Day. 

Not sure where to volunteer?  Think about what your passion in life is and find a program, center, or organization that has a similar theme.  If you need some help, contact your local United Way office to get some ideas of programs in the area.  If you belong to a church or synagogue, ask your pastor or rabbi about what mission projects and outreach programs are available. 

Mark your calendar at least once a season as a prompt to get you and your family involved in some sort of volunteer effort.  Beware—altruism can become addictive.  It makes you feel so good to help others that you’ll want to do it all of the time.  ;)

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