Volunteer and Donation Resources
Nurses are known for their giving and today, more than ever, we all need to monitor our time, money and effort. An investment of these precious commodities can change the world one person at a time. Numerous studies have shown that the act of giving fosters health and happiness in the giver, providing a sense of higher purpose.
For a good experience, limit volunteering of time and effort to an hour or two a week. This can be in person or remotely via phone or computer. The following sites will provide inspiration and help identify worthy organizations:
- The Freechild Project Provides networking advice for kids.
- TakingITGlobal Offers information on humanitarian projects.
- United Way Lists nonprofit agencies needing volunteers.
- Volunteer Match Generates a list of nearby organizations by zip code needing volunteers.
- Do Something Uses the power of on-line to get teens to do good things off-line.
- The Volunteer Family Get family and friends involved in events in your area. Many unused items around the house can help others.
- Mesothelioma Group Understand cancer, its signs and symptoms, tests, diagnosis and everything else with the complete guide.
If you have money or unused goods to donate, consider the following:
If you want to donate time or talent, consider the following:
- eDonor Find a blood drive and give the gift of life.
- I Could Be Connects the energy and expertise of mentors from hundreds of professions with the most vulnerable students in the educational system – those that are most at-risk or most in need.
- U.S. National Park Service History buffs, amateur naturalists, re-enactors, artists, campground hosts, gardeners and many more volunteers of all ages give of their time and expertise to help preserve and protect America's natural and cultural heritage for the enjoyment of this and future generations.
- Therapy Dogs International Train your dog to be a therapy dog for nursing homes and hospitals.
- Make a Child Smile Send a cheerful note to children in hospitals.
- Net Pets Help care for pets left behind when military owners are called to duty.
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