Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Volunteer Ideas, Vol 1
Whatever your interest or skill set, there is some creative way for you to give back to others and the community. Most of us have less money to toss around and give away than we did a couple years ago so we've been neglecting the people who need our support.
The answer: Time & Talent
My answer: Throwing out an idea or two or three every week on how to give back with a tiny bit of time/talent commitment. Here we go!
No. 1: Horizon's for Homeless Children
Some of you think, "why should I help someone out who got his/herself into this situation in the first place!?" Well this group of little ones is undeniably deserving of every bit of assistance and love we can spare. They were born into situations they will never understand. What can you do? Help them develop, learn to share, laugh, and make loads of positive memories.
Horizon's for Homeless Children sets up play areas at homeless shelters throughout Massachusetts and then supplies responsible, fun loving volunteers as "Playspace Activity Leaders" to "foster healthy development through interactions and play." And you're not just helping when you're on site! While you're playing with the kids, mom/dad/guardian is able to attend career counseling classes so he/she can find a job and get a real home.
Locations: all over MA
Commitment: 2 hr shift every week for 6 months
Training: 3 hour training
Duties: think Mary Poppins of Joey Gladstone - be the fun 'adult'
Contact: Horizons for Homeless Children (617) 445-1480 or (800) 560-7702
How do I know it's good? I volunteered as a PAL during college. Questions? Just ask!