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January 17, 2013
Sarah Hoffman is the Project Administrator at Family Online Safety Institute.
Did you know that more Americans – 64.3 million – volunteered in 2011 than in the past five years? Not to mention they logged 7.9 billion hours of service. 7.9 billion! That’s huge!
While the numbers are still being counted for 2012, we have a real opportunity to hit the ground running in 2013. And, we can start this weekend…
This Saturday has been designated as a National Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. To celebrate, people all over the country are organizing events and activities; there are endless ways to participate. But, don’t let that overwhelm you. There are some great resources online that make getting involved a whole lot easier!
All for Good: a volunteer opportunity search engine powered by the largest database of volunteer opportunities on the Internet. You can search for events and activities by topic (both locally and nationally), find virtual volunteer opportunities, and find information about starting your own project.
Idealist: a website that allows nonprofit organizations worldwide to post event information, volunteering opportunities, jobs, resources and services. It’s a great place to look if you’ve already got a cause you’re committed to or an organization you like.
Sparked: a micro-volunteering service that lets you volunteer from your computer. You can select issue areas that interest you and connect with organizations that need virtual help with their projects. They’ll even email you when a new project comes up that they think you’d be interested in!
Whatever the cause and however you choose to participate, getting involved on Saturday should be fun!
So, get out there and spread some good. Then, come back next week and tell us what you did!
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