Faithfully Give of Yourself

Volunteering your time is the best gift you can give.

| March/April 2010

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    Courtesy Family Features
    Target team members volunteer their time to help with a local school library makeover.

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In these tough economic times, people are looking for innovative ways to get involved in their local communities, enrich lives and make a difference. Fortunately, as the charitable spirit continues to spread throughout the United States, getting involved has become easier and less expensive than ever as corporations, nonprofits and schools have actively encouraged citizens worldwide to volunteer their free time to those who need it most.

With volunteering, there is no right or wrong way to get involved. Rather, there are a number of ways to incorporate it into your everyday life and really make it count. Here are a few small things to consider when looking for opportunities that make a big impact.

 

Find an Inspirational Cause

Identify an organization or cause in your community that really matters to you. To find a place to volunteer in your area, use Web services, like VolunteerMatch (www.VolunteerMatch.org), which are dedicated to bringing together good people and good causes. VolunteerMatch offers an array of programs to support community and civic service 365 days a year, and any nonprofit organization can join its network.



 

Make it a Family Affair

Find a fun volunteer event that’s not only free, but also allows your family to play their part in making the world a better place. Many people find that giving to the community can be a rewarding and exciting way to instill values in children, encourage teamwork and foster a positive attitude within the home. Working together as a family is especially rewarding when you choose to support an organization that has special significance or meaning.






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