National Volunteer Month

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Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” Helen Keller

April is National Volunteer Month, celebrating those among us who find wayslarge and smallto give back locally, nationally, and globally. Did you know that along with making a positive difference in the world, people who regularly give back also experience measurable health benefits as a result? These include greater life satisfaction, lower rates of depression, and enhanced longevity. 1

If you want to find a way to contribute, define what most interests you first. Are you passionate about working with people? If so, would you prefer to work one-on-one, or to participate in larger social programs? Maybe you would rather focus on conservation, green efforts, or wildlife protection. Clearly, help is needed in many areas. To explore options in your community and beyond, visit the Points of Light Institute (www.pointsoflight.org).

Points of Light Institute teaches that service and civic engagement are essential to a purposeful life and a healthy world, and helps to mobilize millions of people to tackle significant challenges. HandsOn Networkthe volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Instituteis the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries.

HandsOn Action Centers facilitate more than 30,000 projects a month. Needless to say, there’s a project for everyone who wishes to engage in service at any level. The HandsOn Action Centers enable you to search for volunteer opportunities in your local community based upon your interests, skills and goals. To learn how to get involved, visit www.handsonnetwork.org.  Get started, you’ll be glad you did.

1 www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr_brief.pdf

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