Jump-start your volunteer adventure


A way of life is picking up steam here in the United States; one that is marked by adventure and charity. Whether it's college students trading a bikini for a paintbrush during spring break, retirees joining the Peace Corps, or a twelve-year-old walking across America for the homeless, they all want the world to be a better place, and really, who doesn't?

There's just something about adding curiosity and variety to the mundane. It can trigger passion, creativity, awareness, appreciation, and motivation; all while renewing the person within.

It's like cleaning your house. If the task is seen as a chore or something that just has to be done, it's usually not enjoyable. But when an opportunity arises to clean someone else's house, it's seen as a journey into the wild. Perspective makes a world of difference.

Here are three suggestions to jump-start your volunteer adventure:

1. Experiment, experiment, experiment - So much of life is simply identifying what one likes. The same goes with volunteering. There really is something for everyone out there, you just have look. Start your search by going to allforgood.org, createthegood.org, or idealist.org. Also, try typing in your city's name along with "volunteer opportunities" to see what you find.

2. Form a Mega-Zord - Sorry for the Power Ranger analogy, but talk about the perfect picture to say that working with others makes a big difference. Surround yourself with like minded individuals and hit the road serving others.

3. Open your eyes - When you wake up in the morning, make a conscience decision that you will spend the day looking for ways to make your community better. You'll probably have a list full of ideas by lunch. Take one of those items and make it your project. Once completed, repeat the exercise until there is nothing left to change.

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