How to Incorporate Volunteerism Into Your Routine
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!
Start small so you can feel the success and build from there.
Do something you are passionate about. If you love shoes (or didn’t have them growing up) start a Shoes That Fit Chapter in your community. If you love to read, volunteer with a literacy program or read with kids at school. Do you love animals? Check out your local shelter, there are many opportunities to help there.
Don’t reinvent the wheel. Tie yourself into an existing charity that works in the area you’re interested. It’s probably out there already.
Involve your children! Kids are compassionate and love to feel that they can make a difference, too. You are spending time with your kids, teaching them about giving and thinking about others. They don’t learn it by themselves. Hopefully, they too will pass it on to their own children.
Tie your giving into what you already do. When you are at the grocery store, pick up extra food for the food bank. Shopping for shoes, pick up an extra pair for a child in need.
We’d love to hear about your volunteer experiences. How has your life been enriched by your volunteer activities? Comment today for a chance to win a FREE copy of More Than Words, Volume 6 which includes Maureen Child’s novella THE PRINCESS SHOES, inspired by Roni Lomeli. Ms. Child 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.