Resolve to volunteer this year
Posted on January 8th, 2014 by Beth
I am so pleased to have Amy Richmond back as a guest blogger today. Amy is a member of the Easter Seals National Associate Board (NAB), and she wrote a guest post here last year about running in the Ragnar Relay to raise $3,000 for Easter Seals.
You don’t have to give up a thing
by Amy Richmond
Welcome to 2014! Many of us have resolved to make ourselves better people this year. We’re going to eat less, give up a bad habit, make time to exercise. All are worthwhile pursuits. And we’re sure that we’re going to feel fulfilled at the end of our sacrificial journey once we fit into those skinny jeans, or run the marathon, or give up that mid-afternoon cookie break (even though we look forward to it all day and it just seems to make everything seem better, if only for a moment).
This year, in addition to the resolutions you make, why not think about the areas where you excel in addition to those areas that need improvement? Think about how you could use those skills to better the life of another person. If you choose to add something positive to your life this year rather than changing a negative, you could make an immediate and long-lasting impact on your community.
As a member of the Easter Seals National Associate Board, I have the opportunity to share my time and talents with a world-class organization that impacts the lives of millions. I have the privilege of spreading the word about Easter Seals’ life-changing programs for veterans, people with autism, individuals with disabilities, seniors and kids. I’ve been able to meet service recipients and their families and hear about the ways that Easter Seals has made a dramatic impact on their lives. I get to work with the amazing people at Easter Seals who make it all happen, and the dedicated volunteers who strive to make a difference.
You don’t have to devote a lot of time to make an impact. And unlike those first trips to the gym, volunteering feels great from the start. Please consider donating your time to Easter Seals this year. It’s a tremendously rewarding experience that doesn’t require you to give up a thing. Happy New Year!