Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, to be gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God within us. And as we let our light shine, we consciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson

In each of us shines a great light, it is up to us to allow that light to shine to it's fullest capacity. That being said I was thinking this morning of ways to help others internationally. Then it reminded me that so much help is needed locally. Plus the Center for international disaster information also states that volunteers will not be accepted to travel overseas for disaster relief efforts unless they have prior volunteer experience.

In what ways do you step out of your comfort zone and help others in need? Make no mistake, there are a million ways in which you can be of help or comfort to another person. You can volunteer at your local shelter or church, to serve meals, bag lunches, hand out clothing or blankets, you can round up peoples unwanted household items and donate them to a battered women's shelter, you can have a toothbrush and sock drive, and then donate them all to a local shelter, you can volunteer at the SPCA if you love animals, you can volunteer at a local childhaven and help children in need. There are hundreds of ways to volunteer, and

shine your lovely light.

At the end of they, day what makes you feel better, knowing that something you did, really warmed someones heart and made a difference, or all the other trivial stuff that you usually come out of broke or unhappy or both?

Something to think about 'eh?

Make a difference in your community and give your life some true meaning and purpose.

Or google your local churches or shelters for more opportunities. You can also volunteer in other countries with your entire family (age requirements apply). Costs on average which includes room/board/food is about 2500-3000 per person for 10-14 days.

To make a donation to the rescue and emergency efforts in Haiti visit

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