Editor’s Note: The Harlequin More Than Words award recipients have a wealth of experience to share, so to celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 18-24), we asked each of them to provide their tips for adding volunteerism to a busy schedule. Each day this week, one award recipient will offer her creative ways for getting fulfillment and satisfaction from some time and energy well spent!
Clean out your wardrobe – donate clothing items that you haven’t worn lately to a charity that distributes clothing to women starting new lives (getting out of a shelter, going back to school, or maybe starting a new job).
Find a good “self-help” book that you’ve been wanting to read – volunteer to lead a group of eight women through the book with you for the next 8 weeks or so…
Volunteer to be a single mom’s mentor for the next 3 months – this would involve meeting weekly for one hour to support her as she works toward achieving her goals in life.
Organize a monthly or quarterly drive through your church or office – some of the items needed by women/children beginning new lives include: shampoo, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, formula, paper products, etc.
Be an advocate for charities that support women and children in your community. If your office or company has community reinvestment money, get involved and make sure they give to all types of needs. Guide your company into new giving opportunities as you become aware of them. Remember too that company’s can donate used equipment and expertise to small nonprofits as well.
We’d love to hear about your volunteer experiences. Do you have a touching or humorous story about your own volunteer activities that you’d like to share? Comment today for a chance to win a FREE copy of More Than Words, Volume 6 which includes Robyn Carr’s novella SHELTERING HEARTS, inspired by Rhonda Clemons. Ms. Carr will personalize an autographed copy especially for the winner! Contest closes at 11:59 pm EST tonight and is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. For full contest details, please see here.