Resolve to Volunteer More In 2012!

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Volunteering consistently ranks in the top 10 of New Year’s resolutions nationwide. It’s no surprise—doing good through service lowers stress levels (really!). And donating time and talents is an excellent way to get involved impacting the quality of life within your community. Plus, when we teach our kids that even small acts can make a big impact; we teach them empathy through service.

Whether it’s being the room mom for your child’s class, planting trees, mentoring at-risk kids, coaching soccer, or handing out water at a local 5-K race, volunteering increases your self-worth and boosts your community’s health too. Think about all the times you give service or your family serves a neighbor; sometimes you don’t even know you’re doing it!

Many New Year’s resolutions quickly fall by the wayside because daily schedules don’t have enough flexibility; there’s never enough time to fit in a weight loss plan much less get a full night’s sleep!

This year resolve to do more good. Intentionally.

5 Tips to Reach Your Volunteer Goals in 2012

1. Be Realistic About Your Objectives

Set clear guidelines about how much time you honestly have to serve.  Is it a few hours per week, or a few hours per month? Will you serve via your computer giving technical help or in person with an organization?  Do you prefer one-time ventures or developing an on-going connection with those you’re working with and serving?

 2. Turn Your Passions Into Volunteer Gold!

Volunteer your favorite hobby  and spend time you already enjoy or work with an organization you feel passionate about. If you are a whiz with computers and social media ask if you can help set up a group’s Facebook account.  If you have an athletic kid, help him or her mentor a younger kid at soccer, softball or basketball. If science is your passion, offer to help with the class Science Day or teach fun experiments to Scouts. If you’re artistic, help your favorite charity by designing t-shirts for their race or signs for the benefit auction.

 3. Include Friends and Family, Spice Up Your Service!

Any kind of service is better with a friend. When you are out doing good, brainstorm ways to get more of your favorite people involved. Plan family service events – let your kids pick a local charity to serve or get creative and design your own service project: eg. read books and act out stories for an elderly neighbor or assemble craft kits for kids in the hospital.

4. Get Organized: Use Technology!

Organize volunteers for a school or service project in just a few easy steps! Skip the time-consuming phone-tag and frustrating reply-all email chains and use VolunteerSpot.com to quickly coordinate the help you need. Set up your own free online signup sheets, and you’ll get more people involved with less stress. It’s easy for organizers to setup a schedule of needs and invite additional support, and a quick click for volunteers to sign up – even from their smartphones.

5. Give Yourself a Break

Take a deep breath and read numbers 1 through 4 above. Recruit help; find useful tools to help you get the job done! Stand back and look at what the organization’s goals are—are you helping further the cause? Are you making a meaningful difference?  Give yourself a pat on the back, and don’t stress!

Be Proud!  Grab your Proud Volunteer badge on facebook – encourage your friends and family to serve with you.

Give yourself permission to make your life easier — go out and make volunteering more fun! 

Written by Carissa Rogers, Team VolunteerSpot member, mother of 3 and volunteer addict—church, Cub Scouts, PTO… if you ask her to help she pretty much won’t be able to help herself, she WILL volunteer! Recently she organized a holiday Chili dinner with the help of VolunteerSpot.com, and she didn’t have to cook a single bean! Connect with her on Twitter: @CarissaRogers.

Partner Spotlight – More Than Me


I am so excited to count More Than Me as a Mom Bloggers for Social Good partner! More Than Me helps young girls in the slums of Liberia go to school. It is not easy. After years of civil war, rife poverty, and living in a society that does not value education for girls, More Than Me faces an uphill battle to get girls in school, but they have worked tirelessly to do that. Read some of More Than Me’s student bios.

In a recent blog update on the More Than Me blog, Katie Meyler, More Than Me’s founder, mentioned that one of the girls had been raped. Unfortunately the reality of rape and prostitution is inevitable for many girls. It is heartbreaking. Despite this, More Than Me is working to get young girls off the street and into classrooms.

I have two daughters (11 and 13) and I cannot imagine a life for them living in fear or rape or prostitution and not being able to go to get an education, but this is the daily reality of girls in West Point, Liberia. That is why More Than Me’s mission is so critical to the success of these girls as well as the future of their country.

I can’t wait to spread the word about More Than Me.

Want to volunteer your time and birthday to helping young girls in Liberia? Visit the More Than Me web site to learn about ways you can get involved.

Rally for Rare Disease

February 29 marks World RARE Disease Day.

1 in 10 Americans are affected by RARE disease and more than 350 million people are affected worldwide. 75% of RARE diseases affect children and 30% of children with a RARE disease will die before their 5th birthday.

The Global Genes Project is a grassroots effort to bring more awareness to the rare disease community as more awareness will lead to more support and funding which will aid in developing treatments and cures. Currently only 5% of rare diseases have any sort of treatment; there are no cures.

What you can do:

  1. Join the “1 Million for RARE” movement and like the Global Genes Project Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/globalgenesproject
  2. Tweet @GlobalGenes. Use #1Mil4RARE
  3. Forward to a friend!

Our Newest Partner — Water.org

I am extremely thrilled to announce that Mom Bloggers for Social Good’s newest partner is Water.org! Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

When I was in Kenya last summer I saw how important clean water is to everyone who lives on the continent. The fact that there isn’t complete access to clean water everywhere was staggering.

And it’s equally hard to comprehend that over 4 million people die from water diseases every year. We often take for granted that we don’t have to walk miles to get water and spend time to boil it and that we have access to clean water in our homes. We just cannot fathom living without clean water and sanitation until you see it.

I met this mother and her son in Kisumu, Kenya last year. She told us she had to walk two miles to get water for her entire family. Two miles! Process that for a moment.

Everyone deserves access to clean water and sanitation. It’s a basic human right. 

I cannot wait for members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good to spread the word about the great work Water.org does for people the world over.

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