Monday, April 12, 2010

An experiment in philanthropy

Working at a daily newspaper is challenging. There’s always breaking news and deadlines to meet. In this dour economy, there are also many people who need help. As a reporter, I have had a hands-off approach. Now, I am stepping outside of “observe and report” and literally lending a helping hand.

Many people donate years to public service. I had always wanted to be a part of the Peace Corp., but instead I entered the work force directly after college. I love what I do, but there’s more to life than fixing up my new home and thrift-store shopping. The adage, “Service is the rent we pay for Living” will become my own in the form of The Valunteer Project.

I am making a mission to volunteer with several organizations for one year in an effort to not only help promote their causes, but also learn something about myself in the process. Whether I’m hammering nails, cleaning out dog cages, or playing games with children, I hope that even my meager efforts will help get others involved as well.

I encourage readers to share their stories of volunteering. I’m also seeking your suggestions on where you you think I should volunteer.

Keep checking out the blog to see what new projects I’ll be working on and watch videos from the events.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you! This is a very worthy project and a nice looking blog. I hope it will be beneficial to you and all of the others you touch through this work.