Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities that a person can do; an almost obvious statement for Twin Cities residents as we rank 3rd in the nation for volunteerism. "Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger," David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, states in an Americorps article on volunteer research. "More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits."
Current Opportunities to get out there and Do What Matters!:
Want a free ticket to the State Fair and like the environment? Volunteer with the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and get a free ticket for helping spread inspiration about our earth and commitment to preserve and protect the environment of Minnesota and the world around us. Fill out the application form online.
All local young professionals take a look at this opportunity -- The Twin Cities Rotaract is currently preparing for a three-month volunteer commitment with Free Arts Minnesota. The Mentorship Program runs from October through December. Volunteers will work in teams of four to six people; each volunteer on the team commits to spending one and a half hours on-site each week and approximately one hour doing preparation work each week. The volunteer application and reference form are due on Wednesday August 17th!
Find Your Way is a one day volunteer extravaganza put on by the United Way. On August 18th take time out of your day and join United Way in volunteering to make our community a better place for all. Just show up whenever you can, and speed volunteer for as few as 15 minutes to help those in need. Or get on a bus which will take you on a journey that will transform the lives of thousands of people in your community.
Volunteering doesn't have to be serious activity. It can be fun, enjoyable and completely change your life. Guest Blogger Micheal Nealis stated on Hands On Network's blog today that, "Sure, everyone has probably had a bad experience or two volunteering at one point or another, but we either give it another shot or move on to something that better fits our abilities and what we want to do."
Get out there and find something that you're passionate about and do. Do. That is the power you have to make a difference everyday, for yourself and someone else.