By May 31, 2011 0 Comments

Change the lives of others and yours by volunteering this summer

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Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer.

You’ve probably walked past people who are living on the streets or know someone or some family who struggles due to unemployment or an unforeseen illness or catastrophe. Perhaps you’ve seen images from the recent devastation tornadoes left behind in Missouri and Alabama. Or, maybe you want to protect forests from development or rivers from pollution.

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by the news of a disaster, volunteering to help can be a great way to cope. If you’d like to support a cause but can’t afford to donate money, you can donate your time instead.

Helping others in need is such an important part of the American way of life and unfortunately there are countless opportunities for volunteering in your own communities as well as abroad and being a Nurse means you have a certain skill set that is needed the world over.  So how can decide which cause you’d like to volunteer for?

Obviously, your talents are needed everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you have volunteer in a position that is similar to your daily life. Maybe you could put your other talents to use and volunteer for something completely different.

  • Help kids learn and grow.
  • Give back over the holidays.
  • Play with pets at a local animal shelter.
  • Volunteer for a political campaign.
  • Help the environment.
  • Support a health-related cause.

Suppose you have more than one thing that you truly would love to do…So find a way to combine the two.  For example, if you love kids and are great at arts and crafts, visit your local children’s hospital and offer to lead art activities for young patients. This is just one of many examples you could put your spare time to.

Here are a few great volunteering resources that will take you far and wide, or keep it local.

A Broader ViewA Broader View community-based projects in Countries in development allow volunteers to live and work side by side with local people in a range of fields such as orphanage work, day care, community development, teaching and much more.

VolunteerMatch – VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.

Serve.org – Serve.gov is your online resource for not only finding volunteer opportunities in your community, but also creating your own. Use Serve.gov to help you do your part. America’s foundation will be built one community at a time –- and it starts with you.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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