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!
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Boost your energy without caffeine
When your energy level starts nose-diving in mid-afternoon, do you reach for a cup of java or that canned energy drink for help?
If so, you’re like a growing number of American men and women. In one recent USDA report, women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, the daily average climbs to 225 milligrams.
While the cup of daily coffee isn’t bad ― the antioxidants in java are good for you ― a half dozen cups a day can be. Not only that, it’s like putting a bandage on the problem. Instead, combat your fatigue with these energy boosters.
Dream becomes reality only when you persevere
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
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