Have you ever thought about volunteering your time, but not sure where you would like to volunteer, or what you would like to do?
Do you have a passion for working with the elderly?
What about organizing and planning activities for children? Do you enjoying watching a face light up as adult learns to read or operate a computer for the first time?
How about cultivating an outdoor garden or serving as a trail guide for inexperienced hikers?
What about teaching a new art skill to someone who has never had the opportunity to learn the skill but always wanted to?
Do you like to coordinate projects, plan fundraising events, or mentor someone with an interest in a skill you have?
There are endless possibilities of ways in which you can volunteer your time to serve others, as well as pass along information that may fade away with your generation over time. Volunteers are important to a community’s well-being, prosperity and growth.
In times past, volunteer service used to be viewed as a past-time for retirees or housewives, but with the major shift in the economy, it has become a way to learn new skills, meet new people, and network for job leads.
Volunteering also develops a sense of self-worth and confidence. It allows you to give back to your community, teaches you to not be selfish and instills a sense of hope in others. When you change your focus from it’s all about me, to it’s all about how I can serve others, you become the person an employer wants to add to their payroll.
Service organizations needing volunteers and employers recruiting workers are all looking for the same top quality – someone who is eager to work.
Employers want to hire workers who like to work, can get along well with others, are well rounded and remain active. When a person volunteers their time, they tend to update their skills, meet lots of new people and expand their network of contacts.
If an employer reviews a stack of applicants who are all qualified for the position, they’ll look for the unique qualities that set them apart. Those who regularly volunteer their time for a worthwhile mission tend to stand out to an employer in a positive way.
By volunteering, you can explore new work environments or work with populations that you may not otherwise get the opportunity to work with in your current job.
If you’re unemployed, volunteering can help you build employable and in-demand skills, or allow you to meet a variety of new people. Extending your circle of contacts and verifiable work references will improve your odds of landing a job much faster, but the impact you’ll have on others, through unselfish volunteer service, may last a lifetime.
Don’t know where to start? Check out local non-profits, elder care facilities, schools and civic clubs.
Volunteering is also a way to meet new people who share your same interests. Be prepared – you might make a new friend!
- Lifestyles & Community
Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
- More Lifestyles & Community Headlines
- Burning bridges and the importance of relationships