“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. “ ~Mohammed Ali
~Being of Service~
When I was 12 yrs. old my best friend J.P. and I started visiting her 75 yr. old grandmother in her retirement community. When her grandma was placed in a nursing home, we continued to visit her there, once a week. We soon found out that some of teh other elders in the nursing home had no visitors or it was a long time in between visits, so we asked if we could visit others too.
This experience began the next 31 yrs. worth of volunteering which I continue to this day. I have had a volunteer job of one sort or another since that day when I was a pre-teen. My current volunteer gigs are listed on the bio page.
For me, and many others I know, being of service is one of the most rewarding things we do in our lives. Volunteer jobs have led me to meet lifelong friends, network professionally, turn service into paid work and have the rewards of making a difference in our often cynical world.
I highly recommend giving of your time, talents and heart to organizations and issue YOU are passionate about. It can be life changing!
“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.”
~Marian Wright Edelman
~A Few Places to find Volunteer Opportunities~~
My mother and I were both VISTA’a when we were in our twenties.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.
VolunteerMatch provides volunteer information and listings in your local community. Find local volunteering opportunities now!
You can also do an internet search for topics you are interested in and then find organizations near you. Look at their Volunteer pages. Once you decide to start being of service, opportunities will find you.