Volunteer En Vogue

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Life is busy. We all seem to be going in multiple directions at once.

Life is expensive. We might be working harder and getting paid less.

Life is uncertain. We might be tempted to stay in bed and pull the covers over our heads.

Life is challenging. We are living through an economic downturn that has caused us to stretch into new areas and learn new skills, sadly often to cover the duties of colleagues no longer there.

Yet, despite all this, it seems there is a growing trend of people feeling called to be more socially responsible. According to Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve, a trend-based marketing consultancy (that I have no connection with except to visit their website and find it very interesting), people are “…discovering a conscience of ethics, passion and compassion.”

Excellent. I hope it’s true. There are a multitude of ways to become a part of this trend:

Life is busy, but people can offer up their time, whether it is a….

  • A day
  • A few weeks
  • A block of time for an annual fundraiser or event
  • Perhaps every Tuesday

Life is expensive, but they can donate money and/or gifts in-kind.

Life is uncertain, yet they can go on trips to volunteer for…

  • A couple weeks
  • Several months
  • Maybe even a couple years (if you’re the intrepid type) with the peace corps or a big non-governmental organization (NGO).

Life is challenging, but people are discovering they have skills that transfer quite nicely to the volunteer arena.

Are you a part of this trend? In this volatile economic environment, what part is the easiest for you? Which is the hardest?


2 comments on “Volunteer En Vogue

  1. I think you’re right that transferring skill sets to the volunteer arena is a rich topic. Lots to explore there. In fact, I’ll probably dedicate several posts to it over the next couple months. Thanks!


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