Thanksgiving has long been one of my favorite holidays. It is a time that reconnects us with family over food and fun, reminding us that we are not alone and that the love and compassion we feel for one another will help us through another long year.
You’ve heard the name #GivingTuesday and you know it is supposed to be a good thing, but what on earth is all the hoopla about and who created this day? Well, let me give you a hand and break this down like an elementary school book report.
Many say that the reward for volunteers is in the volunteering itself. While this may be true, it is a good idea to find others ways of letting volunteers know that they are appreciated both publicly and privately.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that 2013 had the lowest volunteer rate since the study was first conducted in 2002.
With the 1.1% drop in volunteerism from last year, some may wonder if people are less motivated to give back. Others will conclude that the issue is not with the volunteers, but with how they’re being engaged.
Most people don’t realize that volunteering is good for your health. Studies indicate that that people who volunteer not only experience psychological well being, but improved physical health as well.
We all know that volunteering is a great way to give back, but what we may take for granted is how it can help develop professional skills. If you are unemployed or looking to change careers, volunteering demonstrates to prospective employers how you’ve filled the gaps between jobs and your dedication to the community.
This month as one begins to think about spring cleaning and garden weeding, its good to take some time to think about all the great volunteer activities you can do as a family in the great outdoors. With all the snowmelt, sand and salt covering the streets, beautifying the community is likely top-of-mind for others in your area too!