I know that everyone has a full plate without adding charity to the mix. Just getting the kids to school, yourself to work, homework done, sports practice attended, dinner made, and possibly some fun in there…it’s a full time schedule. Trust me, I get it.
But, even with all that, I highly recommend that you find a community charity and get involved. Do good. It feeds your soul and can be fun to boot.
My kids and I found a great charity, Volunteers of America, that we’ve volunteered with for the past couple of years. Yesterday was an opportunity to help out with their annual fundraising event – a race called Running of the Green.
There are 7,000 registered runners for Running of the Green, plus unregistered dogs, kids and friends.
7,000 runners x $45 entry fee = $315,000 to support VOA’s mission.
Mission: …to help the very young, homebound elderly, and women and children that are victims of domestic violence
To accommodate the 7,000+ participants, the volunteers filled over 11,000 cups of water. The cute little diva in the purple hat and pink coat is Chloe (my 4 yo).
Don’t think of volunteering for charity as a chore. It rejuvenates you, doubles as quality time with your kids, and you meet fabulous people that are also helping out. Yesterday my son found a classmate volunteering there as well! His parents and I have already planned to volunteer together at the next event.
Some of the other things we’ve done through VOA include helping with the annual Martin Luther King Jr dinner, distributing Baskets of Joy, and helping with 9 News Stuff for Students. I’m also a big fan of Kiva.org.
Finding a Charity
I found Volunteers of America by using the website VolunteerMatch.org. You can search for opportunities by location, keyword, type of charity, etc. Great starting point!
Do you already volunteer? Or are you looking for a charity to join? Please leave a comment and tell us about it!