A Volunteering Invitation by Tammi DeVille
For the past year I’ve been interviewing volunteers across the country for my upcoming book, Changing the World on a Tuesday Night. For a long time I’ve found a lot of fulfillment in my own life in helping out with good causes and I’ve been inspired by the people I met along the way. I wanted to put together a book that would highlight some of the fantastic people quietly changing the world and inspire others to do the same.
I interviewed a college student whose mom was a recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home. Moved by the organization, he now spends every Saturday morning building homes for others in need. I met a Chicago man who spends one night a week teaching kids how to make healthy meals and a father in Washington DC who teaches guitar to at-risk youth.
From the satellite designer to the bank vice president to the bus driver, volunteering with big groups like the Red Cross to the group you’ve never heard of that finds families to watch guide-dogs-in-training on the weekend, ages 16 to 70 -- I met people who really are changing the world with their volunteering.
I have never had such an inspiring year.
I’d like to personally thank those of you I did not get to meet. I know you don’t do your work for praise or recognition, but in celebrating you and your efforts, we celebrate the very best part of being human, our capacity to care and to give to our fellow man. I hope 2010 finds you volunteering again. I hope you bring a couple of friends. I hope that in celebrating the work of people like you, we inspire more people to find their own ways to give back.
It is the places and people with which we choose to invest our time that determine the quality of our lives. In these moments we find our sense of purpose, our fulfillment, our joy and an abundance of love and compassion in our hearts. The times when we give of ourselves are the ones that make our years worthwhile and our lives worth living. I hope that in 2010, even more people find what you and I have already discovered about volunteering -- the moments you give away mean the most.
Thank you for all you have done that went noticed and unnoticed. Many people say they want to change the world. You have actually done it. You inspire us all to jump in and change the world in 2010, and beyond.
Yours in service,
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