National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to promote volunteerism in your community, as well as to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses attention on the impact and power of volunteer service as an integral aspect of civic leadership. National Volunteer Week ultimately seeks to inspire and encourage people to engage in their communities.

Volunteer work is something that everyone from students to retirees can do in their spare time. Volunteering is also a good way for families to spend quality time together. By gathering clothes, toys, or food for the needy, even young children can learn responsibility and respect for others while gaining confidence in their own abilities.

Volunteering can be used to learn skills and gain experience while providing a great way to meet people and develop friendships, break down generational gaps, and provide insight into one’s own problems. People who have volunteered say they receive more satisfaction and joy from the experience than they ever expend in inconvenience or effort.

Can you think of any ways in which you could volunteer at school, church, or within your community? Everyone can do something, no matter how small – and that includes you! Be sure to consider your interests and choose a cause that is personally important to you, so that you will be able to enjoy your work, feel that your time is being used wisely, and have a sense that you are contributing something of worth to the world.

For additional information about volunteering along with ideas for volunteer projects, go to: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/volunteer.html

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