Volunteering as part of a charming life
Jami and I are chatting about volunteering and how that fits into the art of being a charming woman. Scroll down to find the player for this episode. I’ve included many links to volunteer opportunities that I mentioned during this episode. Some additional links are listed that we didn’t have time to mention during the recording.
I’d love to hear more about the ways you volunteer in your community or abroad! Please tell me about what you are passionate about in the comments, or privately by emailing me at [email protected]
Volunteering close to home and far away
Plan my gap year is comprised of 83% female volunteers! Opportunities are available for school age volunteers as well. These are trips to other countries that include volunteer work and a bit of adventuring. One of the family volunteer opportunities includes wildlife rescue.
International Volunteer HQ does volunteering in the United States revitalizing neighborhoods in New Orleans.
Volunteer in the USA – for example in Tennessee there is the Appalachia Service Project – who volunteer to make homes warmer, safer and drier in underserved communities in the Appalachian region where the poverty rate is much higher than the rest of the nation. Even middle school and high school students can volunteer at ASP.
Tiger Rock Martial Arts – always has a community service project going.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities – Really, start kids in volunteer work as early as possible – no later than 11 or 12 before the 7th grade hormones hit them. They will develop timeliness, leadership skills, empathy, and other qualities that will help them throughout life.
Catherine the Great (Empress of Russia) As a girl, Princess Sophie – came to Russia, changed her name, married a drunk and immersed herself into her new role. After her husband, the Tsar died, Catherine was on the throne. As Tsarina, she would go on to extend the borders of Russia, change the serf system, and encourage further Westernization of the empire. There’s a reason they added “the Great” onto her name.
Audrey Hepburn was a humanitarian. Among her many works she was an ambassador for UNICEF saying, “I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II,” She also said, “The ‘Third World’ is a term I don’t like very much, because we’re all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.”
One of my favorite authors, Pearl Buck said, “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
“I’ve discovered that the more love and joy I pour into others, the more I experience in my own life.”
― Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
Time Stamp for this episode
0:52 – Rebecca Prays
1:52 – Jami reads road sign and scripture
2:33 – Jami’s sick and twisted volunteering history
5:25 – Rebecca’s story of breaking out of the bubble – volunteering can be enjoyable!
9:15 – All the things that make up Volunteer work & choices
17:00 – More volunteer opportunities and crazy cat meows…
20:00 – Volunteer work doesn’t have to be a formal thing – making a meal for your neighbor counts!
26:30 – Review Product – Salt Lamps
29:07 – A Healthy Bite – Essential Oils
33:59 – Road Sign and Scripture again
34:50 – Jami’s volunteer story about her son John
36:00 – Volunteering isn’t for everyone at every time!
38:30 – Know yourself, know your why, becoming confident and comfortable in your own skin and with the things you choose to do with your time.
41:20 – Rebecca’s Life Application – Volunteer with your spouse!
44:00 – Book Recommendations
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