We are living in tumultuous times right now. But, no matter how dark and scary it seems, you only need one light to pierce the darkness. Light will always win over darkness, good will prevail over evil, as long as we plot our course toward a better world. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I’m all about the small every day things that we can all do. To attempt to do massive accomplishments is overwhelming and can cause us to despair; but to do one thing, just for today, and just for tomorrow, and the next day, etc. will all add up and make a huge difference. What do I mean by a small thing? It can be as simple as putting a can of soup in the food collection bin, holding the door open for the person behind you, or showing kindness to a stranger.
Yesterday I discovered an organization called Points of Light (www.pointsoflight.org). Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. It is a 501(c)3 organization founded by President George H. W. Bush in his 1989 inauguration address. Points of Light works in partnership with companies, foundations, government agencies and non-profits to achieve positive impact in various areas. So far 4 million people, 76,000 non-profits, 2,500 companies have worked together to help people everywhere. It only takes 1 volunteer to change a life. Since its beginning, the National Volunteer Center network and the HandsOn Network have merged with Points of Light. The HandsOn Network (http://www.pointsoflight.org/handsonnetworkaffiliates) connects volunteers to opportunities in their communities. To find opportunities in your area, all you have to do is your zip code and it will list lists of needs and their organizations. If you are affiliated with an organization and need volunteers, you can post your need on their webpage.
I found all kinds of opportunities within this site. They are looking for volunteers to bring birthdays to homeless children living in shelters. Their goal is to have one party a month with games, birthday cake and prizes for these kids. For more information contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org. Compassionate Care Hospice (http://cchnet.net/) needs volunteers to make bereavement calls to Hospice Families. This would be approximately 10 hours a month, making calls from a quiet spot within your residence. They are located throughout the country and you can access your closest branch from their site. The Girl Scouts ( http://www.girlscouts.org/) are also looking for volunteers at all levels, no experience necessary!
So, go ahead, take the plunge. Take that first step to change your life and change the world, and let your light shine so that all may see it.
‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.’