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How To Find The Right Community Organizer

Posted on: November 14, 2008


Thanksgiving and Christmas are literally right around the corner and now is the season to do good onto others. Most people choose to volunteer at a homeless shelter or senior citizens home, or  help clean up a local park and using the time they have to benefit their community. If you want to contribute your time by doing community service but don’t know which organization to join or have trouble finding one that suits your needs, here a few suggestions (and websites).

Is there a cause that you are passionate about? For example, do you get frustrated and sad whenever you hear that a child has been abused by a relative, parent or guardian? Do you want to have a more positive influence on children who are emotionally and physically hurt? Become a tutor or mentor to a child. Child Advocates, is an organization that helps train people to be volunteers to children who have been victims of horrific abuse or neglect and are now in protective custody.

Or, if you don’t have a preference of where you want to volunteer, check out Community Service.org. By just typing your zip code, choosing how far you would like your organization to be, you will find a list of places to use your time to help others.

If you have a couple weeks off and are interested in providing aid to others who live outside North America, you can volunteer abroad. Volunteer Abroad, is a website that provides information for people who want to provide help internationally to people who are don’t have the benefit of having the simplest resources (clean water, healthy foods, and safe shelter) that we often take for granted.

If you don’t want to volunteer alone, bring along friends and family and volunteer as a group. Go over to the local hospital and spend some quality time with a few patients who need a little laugh and some company. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is always looking for new people to volunteer and bring cheer to patients who need it. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you volunteer by the end of this year, good deeds only bring good things.

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington


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