Happy National Volunteer Week!
According to the Points of Light website, “National Volunteer Week, April 12–18, 2015, is about… taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.”
That sounds a whole lot like the message behind Be a Changemaker, don’t you think? I thought so, so I decided to help spread the word about an initiative associated with National Volunteer Week called “What’s Your Story?” The purpose of that effort is to celebrate people who are doing awesome things and encourage others to get involved. You can play along by sharing your story, tagging friends and asking, “What’s Your Story?” and use #NVW2015 in hopes of getting #NVW2015 to trend on Twitter.
As for me personally, my most recent volunteer work was yesterday, helping to stuff 370+ attendee folders, organizing handouts, and getting prepared for the SCBWI Western Washington’s annual conference for writers and illustrators. It was hard work, and the group of a dozen or so of us were focused and busy for four hours, yet there were hugs, and laughter, and doughnuts, and it felt absolutely wonderful to be a part of. The conference itself kicks off on Friday, and I’ll be busy participating in and volunteering at it for three days straight. It’s an amazing experience every year. I can’t wait!
For more information on National Volunteer Week, the “What’s Your Story” campaign, or how you can play along on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook, visit the Points of Light web page here.
2 thoughts on “How has volunteerism impacted you–what’s your story?”
It’s funny, but I recently updated my LinkedIn profile in order to look for more paying work and I realized just how much volunteer work I’ve been doing while I have been a “full-time” mom and writer over the past *mumble* years. Girl Scouts, school library, Scholastic book fairs, teaching creative writing and other subjects… it’s been such a joy to share the things I love with kids and get so much back from them.
This is so true, Maryanne! I do that, too. Our school requires 20 volunteer hours per family each year, and I know some parents struggle to meet that. I feel lucky that my job allows me to have the flexibility to fit them in AND my interests tend to align quite nicely with the kinds of tasks they need. 🙂