Tag Archives: volunteers

We Can Do Better, America

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”  — Erma Bombeck There’s a sad statistic buried in this info graphic by CNCS, … Continue reading

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Guttural Inspiration

“Nature abhors a vacuum.  And so do I.” — Anne Gibbons Gloves, trowel, buckets, hangers, trash bags, hoses, and a ladder were set out in our garage, ready for action. Not for our house, but another kind of house. The … Continue reading

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Volunteering Is A Bargain

“Volunteers are paid in six figures… S-M-I-L-E-S.” — Gayla LeMaire During times of economic recession. when we’re focused on getting and keeping as much as we can, it’s important to remember one important thing about volunteering. It’s free. It’s a … Continue reading

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A Checkmark Is Not A Commitment

“What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.” — P.D. James, Time to Be in Earnest Every year about this time, parent-teacher organizations around the world send out volunteer request forms. Those are the forms listing all the opportunities to … Continue reading

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Reality And Truth

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ” — Marcel Proust, “The Captive,” Remembrance of Things Past Take a good look at this simple picture of my daughters and 15 other teenage girls … Continue reading

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Teamworks, Part 2

“As a species, we’ve evolved to pitch in to work together. It’s easy to get lost in our work, families, and things we enjoy doing. But there’s a deeper satisfaction from contributing to a greater social good. And we all … Continue reading

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Teamworks, Part 1

What is Teamworks? In a word – team. Teamworks is a program run by Hands On Greater Portland which helps volunteers build relationships with like-minded people through a shared commitment to a collection of themed volunteer activities. It can help build … Continue reading

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