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Volunteering is a really good thing and it goes along with my Live Like It Matters Challenge so…………..

My challenge to you is to volunteer. Regularly.

Go to your city’s animal shelter and see if you can help walk the dogs. And maybe you can even do something with the cats if you want to.

Ask the principal of any local school, especially those in less affluent areas, and just see all the projects you can help with. I’ve cleaned out flower beds, painted over graffiti, cleaned and painted bathrooms, fixed broken bathroom stall doors, picked up trash after several football games (football fans are some snack loving, trash making people), and organized and served a free breakfast for a teacher in-service training.

Most hospitals or nursing homes have a volunteer program. Your local library, too. Check them out and see if you can find something to do.

Even if the nursing home doesn’t have a volunteer “program” check with the administrators to see if you can visit the lonely people there. If you have kids, take them with you because lonely old people love young people. I’m fortunate enough to have two daughters that absolutely love old people. Can you sing or play an instrument? Perform for the patients while they’re eating their meals in the dining hall. Can’t carry a tune? Then definitely don’t sing but the ladies like to have their nails painted. And all of them like to play games. Or sit and talk with them. That’s their favorite thing anyway.

Help serve a meal at the local food kitchen. Stuff envelopes at your local campaign office. Clear out some overgrown trails with a team of forest lovers. Organize a trash pick up at your workplace and use the lunch hour to clear the street of garbage.

There are thousands of ways to volunteer.

I am fortunate enough to be part of a local church that does all of these things and more. We seek out opportunities to serve our city and the surrounding communities and we’ve made and will continue to make a significant impact where we live.

It doesn’t matter where or how…..just do something. Volunteer.

Because it matters. Because you matter and he matters and she matters.

Live like it matters.

 

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  1. dawnlizjones on April 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    One of the themes of the girls’ club I work with is “The Value of My Community: I have a part to play”, and we talk about volunteerism and try to give them things that they can participate in. I so with you on this. Thanks for such a practical post!

  2. A Nenes Life on April 15, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I think its really important to give back, pay it forward and basically just be a compassionate person in general. Some people may like to volunteer but may not be sure where they can. Your post probably gave them some ideas on where to start.
    By the way, I’ve nominated you for a quote challenge, if you’re interested in participating, check it out here:
    http://aneneslife.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/maya-angelou/

    • mariegriffith on April 15, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thank you so much!! I hope the post helped motivate others to participate in helping within their communities. I’ll check out the quote challenge. Thank you again!!

  3. KathleenBDuncan on April 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    We homeschooled. We volunteered as a family. Our students each earned a credit of Community service every year of high school. By putting in at least 150 hours volunteering. As adults, they still volunteer. They learned early that serving others is a wonderful way to spend their spare time.

    • mariegriffith on April 16, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thank you for sharing Kathleen. I homeschooled for ten years and we did the same thing. My children have a heart for helping too. I’m so thankful.

  4. dolphinsbeauty on October 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I love helping at my local Rainbows unit. Take care, Dolphin xx

    • mariegriffith on October 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      That’s great! Volunteering benefits everyone.

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