"We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give."
- Sir Winston Churchill
"You do what you can do, and I'll do what I can do,
and TOGETHER, we can make a difference."
- John Denver
"I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver."
- Maya Angelou
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
"When I give, I give myself."
- Walt Whitman
"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
- Charles DuBois
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
- Leo Tolstoy
"A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing."
- Oscar Wilde
"There are two ways of spreading light --
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
- Edith Wharton
"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame
by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light."
- Albert Schweitzer
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
- Louisa May Alcott
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
- Ella Fitzgerald
"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."
- Chinese Proverb
"The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed,
a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilites waiting to be released and channeled
toward some great good."
- Brian Tracy
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable."
- Christopher Reeve
You have gifts: God-given abilities and talents, of which you might not even be aware.
These gifts--when discovered, developed and applied--enable you to reach towards your purpose and potential.
You can make a real difference in the world,
helping to make it a better place for all.
Volunteering is a great way to use your gifts and discover new ones, helping people in your community.
And when you help others, they help you ... they help you become a better you.
You'll feel good, too!
This video tribute spotlights seven of the ways people volunteer in their community.
Below are links to the seven organizations, and 101+ other volunteer links.
Thanks for taking time to watch the video, and to consider volunteering!
Learn 101 Ways You Can Make a Difference Volunteering (scroll down)
Thanks to the volunteers and organizations who participated in
(click links for more information, including volunteer opportunities)
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
...to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow.
- lead an exercise class, read to a preschool class, coach a basketball team, cook for a bake sale, design a program brochure, greet people at the front desk, and much more.
YWCA USA ~
World YWCA - from rebuiding homes after natural and man made disasters, to feeding and educating street children, to providing safe houses for women fleeing abusive partners - and much more.
JCC Association -started in 1854 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, the Jewish Community Center Association provides educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building, and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Visit Prisoners to offer friendship and a listening ear to help prisoners prepare to assume a useful place in society.
Art Gallery Volunteer
at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. ~ OR CONTACT YOUR COMMUNITY ART GALLERY!
The Children's Defense Fund - to lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.
Volunteer Probation Officer (Orange County, CA) ...assisting in investigation of adult and juvenile cases, making home, work and jail visits, telephonic compliance checks, providing bilingual services, working with juveniles in drug treatment programs, and more. ~ Contact your local court
Help A Shut-In such as: hair stylist, handyman, deliver groceries or library books. TO HELP: contact your local charitable organzation, library volunteer coordinator, church or faith-based group, hospice.
Have a Green Thumb? Be a Volunteer Gardener - Many botanical gardens, arboreta, horticulture centers, historical sites and nature centers need volunteer support! This link to publicgardens.org can help you find one near you.
International Health Volunteers (IHVO)
- an independent, not for profit, humanitarian medical aid organization whose primary purpose is to establish an accessible repository of physicians, dentists and other medical experts who have the requisite skills and interest to assist in domestic and international short term medical relief projects
Join the Peace Corps - Peace Corps Volunteers work in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology.
Save The Children - to make positive, lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
UNICEF United States Fund - UNICEF works in over 150 countries and territories, in areas from nutrition to protection, HIV/AIDS to education.
School Drop-out Prevention This link shows a program of Foster
Grandparents working with children in danger of academic failure and children under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Volunteers focus on students with failing grades, low achievement test scores, disruptive behavior, poor school attendance and juveniles in residential and
correctional facilities. ~
“But What Can I Do?” - Dropout Prevention/Intervention Action Items for Community and Business Leaders
Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project - be a part of the compassionate solution to end feline homelessness. Improve the lives and health of these free-roaming felines, including spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations and providing food and shelter.
Actors and Others for Animals Volunteers can help conduct classes in both public and private schools to teach responsible pet guardianship and to motivate and instruct students to care for and protect all animals.
Ronald McDonald House
...provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. volunteers help prepare meals for families, host movie and pizza nights, clean and organize kitchen and play areas, and maintain gardens and landscaping.
Camp Fire USA
...programs include youth leadership, self-reliance, after school groups, camping and environmental education and child care.
Islamic Multi Service Organization a wide variety of services, including: food for the needy, community gardening and beautification, visiting the elderly and sick, providing toys for needy children, and much more.
HinduAid.org - volunteering for our projects that deliver lasting benefits in the global effort to reduce poverty and inequalities.
USA Freedom Corp wide-ranging Federal volunteer initiatives, private non-profits and community serving organizations.
"Until one is committed there is hesitancy, a chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary proof - the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. This is, that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one, that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has power and magic in it, begin it now."
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe -
a little adventure videotaping the music...
The piece performed in the video is "Seven Sunflowers" -- originally on my CD
Sunflower Serenity ...Watercolor Odyssey,
and it was inspired by a watercolor my mom painted for the CD's backcover.
The video version was recorded live in Lytle Creek Canyon on June 20, 2008, about seven o'clock in the morning, standing in front of a sunflower bush,
before a live audience: a RATTLESNAKE! That's right. After setting up the video gear, I set my coffee cup down on a nearby rock and--Whoa!--jumped back startled: a rattlesnake was coiled-up resting just a few inches beyond the coffee cup.
I thought about what to do: Well ... this is such a good place to record, and the snake was resting 15 feet or so from where I'd be playing, in plain sight (once I knew he was there)--why not go ahead and record?
--Soon after videotaping, the 3-foot-long snake figured the concert was over, so he/she slithered away and went under a rock. I was able to retrieve my coffee cup -- and the snake even left a tip: "Next time, watch where you set your coffee cup!"