How has volunteerism impacted you–what's your story?

Happy National Volunteer Week!CelebrateService logo
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.