John and I have spent much of our married life trying to give back through volunteerism.
One of the places we look for volunteer opportunities in our area is http://www.volunteermaine.org/. Most states have a website that you can look for volunteer opportunities while narrowing it down to areas of interest or location. Be sure to google "volunteering in insert your state here"
He Had a Dream
Quotes on Volunteering
"Destiny is not necessarily what we get out of life, but rather, what we give."
'No joy can equal the joy serving others.' -Sai Baba
"When you give to others, you speak a silent but audible thank you. Appreciation for others and ourselves is life and spirit for each and every one of us."
"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."
"How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world."
A wise lady once told me that when you find your ideal job, you will do it for less than they pay you and when you find your calling you will do it for free. This is my ideal job. I hope you find yours."
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.
--St. Francis of Assisi
There are two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we receive, and the larger kind we feel for what we give.
--Edward Arlington Robinson
It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is only one thing worse than training your volunteers and having them leave - and that's not training them, and having them stay.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"
"If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers."
"Volunteers are paid in six figures... S-M-I-L-E-S"
"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day."
"I feel that we all must live, so that when we are gone, everyone will miss the work we did, but someone has learned by watching us, how to take up the banner and go forward. "
"Help one another; there's no time like the present and no present like the time."
--James Durst, poet/songwriter
"Some get and forget. Some give and forgive."
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."
"Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man's help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too."
I will keep you updated as to where I decide to start back volunteering.
Do you and your family make it a point to give back through volunteering? Where do you volunteer?
Have a GREAT week!