Is it the new administration? Is it the poor economy and unemployment increases? What ever it is, volunteerism is a great thing to do. If you feel you have more time on your hands than usual and want to get involved there are a slew of agencies ready to use your skills. Don’t just think of your kids’ school or your church or synagogue, although these are great outlets, think beyond this comfort zone.
I took the plunge this past summer to sit on the board of a charity. http//:www.clarajeanfoundation.org. This is a non profit holistic approach to breast cancer. CJF acts as a resource for women going through breast cancer seeking alternative medicine and care. I have to say it is wonderful. The board members are people with other jobs and families who are making time in their lives for this worthwhile cause. I am exhilarated by their commitment and eagerness.
Shipping Shelby has caught the volunteer bug and is delivering meals on wheels once a week. He really is great with the elderly and it is a natural outlet for him. On his way to ship out our Haralee.Com orders he can do his volunteer job too.
I am chairing the fund raising efforts for the Clara Jean Foundation. Two events that have been great fund raisers are a walk with a health expo in May, and a golf tournament and auction in October. I am looking for ideas to expand on these successes and to procure more donations. Writing grants is possible, but I have never written a grant in my life so any ideas would be helpful! At Clara Jean we are looking for new committee members too. Please send your ideas to: email@example.com.
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