Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 96: Giving Back and Gratitude

"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another." ~ Erma Bombeck

Are you involved in giving back to your community? There's huge rewards when you give a little part of yourself to make this world a better place. When things are going wrong in your world, volunteer and get involved. You will find that there are people who are much worse off than you. Giving a little part of your time, money and energy leave you feeling better and happier.

How can you get involved and make a difference?

  • Volunteers of San Diego: I've helped paint elementary schools, cleaned up beaches, worked food banks and volunteered for the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5k (ROC) through VSD. Volunteer San Diego, a nonprofit organization, is the premier provider of volunteer programs and services in San Diego County. Annually, Volunteer San Diego helps 62,000 individuals, families, corporate and community groups fill volunteer needs at 500 community organizations. Volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are mobilized to feed the homeless, serve seniors, protect the environment, read to youth and change San Diego for the better in many other ways. Learn more here!

  • Soldiers' Angels: I love my angel friends. I'm extremely passionate about supporting our troops. I often say, "If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them." I help support a small group of Marines, support numerous medic units as well have my own adopted hero. You will often find me at a local festival or event working a booth to spread the word about Soldiers' Angels, what we do and to help raise money for First Response backpacks. Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. Learn more here!

  • Patriot Guard Riders: The PGR is an organization supporting those who risk their lives for America’s freedom and security. Our main mission is to attend funerals of fallen as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives: (1)Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities. (2)Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors. We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means. To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all. Learn more here!

  • Operation Just Cause: I am also a member of OJC. I have adopted Lieutenant Commander Marvin Benjamin Christopher Wiles who is a missing POW since May 6, 1972 in North Vietnam. Ask me about him some time. I'm happy to share his story. Until he has returned home and his family has gotten some closer, I will honor him so that he knows, he is not forgotten.


    Donna said...

    I volunteer for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. Yesterday I provided information to a person who is working with the US Army to find families of a Korean War soldier who is MIA. I hope it helps some family out there who is missing a loved one. Loving your blog posts.

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