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Volunteering

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Each of us can do something to make this world a better place for everyone.

Now that the pandemic is slowing down and things are starting to open up, it’s time to get back to living life to the fullest! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get out there and get involved! I’ve missed interacting with people. Let’s start volunteering.

Become a volunteer and get involved. Being a volunteer builds character, helping you become a better version of yourself because volunteering teaches us selflessness. When we help others in need, we feel confident and good about ourselves.

Volunteering is very life-affirming. You will receive the satisfaction of helping others with a common cause while meeting new people. You will be introduced to new situations and build friendships when working together.

The Bible talks about three ways of giving: through our time, talent and resources. It’s easy to throw resources or money at something and be done. But God also gives us special talents and skills for a reason. It takes real commitment to volunteer your time because time is more valuable than money. There’s only a certain amount of time in each day and we’ve gotten good at filling our days with quite a bit of idleness. What if we replaced idle time with volunteer time?

Don’t think you have any extra time? Use my time tracker worksheet to see where you can free up some volunteer time for your week or month. You can also check your phone to see how much time you are spending on it. It’s keeping track for you.

A Few Volunteer Ideas

  • Your church – Talk to the secretary for areas where you could get involved. I’m sure they have a ministry that might interest you. Our church is pretty much run by volunteers!
  • Nursing homes- visit people who never get any visitors or sign up to help with activities
  • Animal shelters- animals need humans to walk them, play with them, and show some love
  • City parks- pick up trash. Keep America beautiful is still a good slogan.
  • Homeless shelters or soup kitchens- feed others less fortunate than you and serving them
  • Any nonprofit organization- choose one that appeals to your values. There are many to choose from.

So step out in faith and enrich your life by becoming a volunteer. You can volunteer by yourself, with a friend or as a family. Volunteering could be as simple as helping your neighborhood be a safer place with a neighborhood watch.

Get creative. Get involved. Volunteering opportunities are endless.

Take Action

Get out your planner/calendar and schedule in some volunteer time. Practice it once a week or once a month. You’ll be amazed at how good it’ll make you feel and how full your life will become!

God bless.–Barb

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Wife, mother, church secretary, seamstress, child of God.

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