Frustrations in Volunteering

On a day like today I wonder why I even bother with volunteering.  It never seems to really pay off in the end and I just end up getting frustrated and irritated every single day....more

Not Just Bed Bugs: Pests Plague the Homeless Community

Click to view linkDownload this gallery (ZIP, undefined KB)I am frequently asked about pest contr...more

Everything Changes When You Volunteer with Your Kids

By volunteering together, my daughter learned more than what it means to care for a newborn. She learned how helping others can be transformative. She developed confidence in herself and her abilities. She encouraged a few of her friends to join her and demonstrated leadership by advising the other teen sitters. I appreciated the interaction she had with the older teen moms from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. I noticed the way my daughter felt needed, that her efforts were valued. ...more

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Volunteering While Unemployed

Volunteering at my local hospital is something I always wanted to do but never managed to find the time while I was working.  Now that I am unemployed I managed to get my application in and hope to start in the next few weeks.  I worked in the medical field many years ago and I can honestly say of all the jobs I've had that was the job that made me feel like I was actually doing something important....more

Learning To Pick My Battles

Often, I share about my grandfather (Daddy) and the love he showed his grandchildren. He really was a good man. He was not perfect by any means but he did not waiver on things that were out of sync with doing what was right when no one was around to see. One of his favorite sayings was “fair is fair”. Those words were usually followed up by “ball or strike”. One day, I am going to write a book about his poetic sayings....more

Social Media- A Day of Opportunity

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Event Chair Matrix - Worker Bee to Diva

When it comes to chairing an event in the world of volunteer fundraising, it's no question it takes a certain type of dedicated character who can pull off a successful event. The responsibility of managing committees, budgets, vendors, marketing, and all else in between requires an individual who can demonstrate leadership while being a team player. ...more

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Women Inside Haiti's Hospital

Day six: Because of a Haitian government directive, we now have to abandon our plans to continue to provide care in the massive sheet cities. We're a team of Bay Area healthcare providers, and this is my first ever relief work. When we worked in the sheet cities during the last days, I'd been amazed at the women of Haiti, amazed at both their suffering, and their strength. ...more

As I read your piece I could not contain my tears. I am so humbled by your devotion, empathy and ...more

Is the Junior League relevant?

As volunteer groups diversify with the addition of men and fundraising goes viral with the click of a key, where does that leave female-only charitable organizations like the Junior League?  Founded over a hundred years ago by young debutantes with time on their hands, its relevance is called into question in this age of equal pay, mommy-blogs and hip young professionals flocking to Arts organizations. ...more