Pledge to take part in President Obama's Summer of Service Initiative!

Pledge to take part in President Obama's Summer of Service Initiative!

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      BLOSSOM INTERNATIONAL

At Blossom every day is a good day to volunteer, with a friend, with your family, with your co-workers, even with your dog (why not help a shelter out by providing a foster home!).  Many on change.org are already doing all they can to help their communities and advocate for the causes they value so why not make an extra effort to volunteer during President Obama's Summer of Service.  Make the pledge today to begin serving your community tomorrow.  There are so many things you can do and so many things that need to be done.

http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/summer.asp

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    • Michele Rodriguez MANASQUAN, NJ
      • over 5 years ago

      Casey, those are all awesome things. 

      I think you're right that it's more simple than we think.  A suggestions I would make is that if you have a cause you feel passionate about you can find a local organization that focuses on that.  Give them a call and explain to them how you feel about their cause, the times you are available, any skills you might have and that you'd like to help out any way you can.

      Blossom works with so many, many organizations that are in need of valuable, reliable volunteers but many don't have the resources or time to get out in the community and ask for them.  So if you have some real time to invest and are serious about becoming a volunteer don't be afraid to reach out to local organizations and ask if they need your help.

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    • Casey Cox THREE RIVERS, MI
      • over 5 years ago

      If we just take the time to look around us it is usually really apparent what our immediate community needs. The hard part is determining what we can do about it. Most of us make it more difficult than it is, because it is really very simple...

      I collect clothes, bedding, towels, curtains, shoes, coats and other household items and store them in my basement in totes labeled by items and sizes. When I hear (through the local churches, domestic shelter and newspaper) of a family that needs immediate assistance (maybe they have experienced a house fire or have left their home due to domestic violence) I get the sizes of the family and get a care package together. Now the churches know I do this so some have a clothes drive for me and keep me supplied.

      The American Legion (or any Veterans Club) often needs volunteers. I noticed that in my area many were having a problem getting to the local VA Hospital (35 miles away) to keep their appointments with their doctors. I offered rides to the VA and started the program "Vets to VA" through the Service Officer at the American Legion. Now their are many volunteers making sure our veterans get to their doctor appointments, get shopping done and even haircuts!

      I am a huge animal lover, but because I have two HUGE dogs of my own I cannot foster animals, so instead we purchase a 20 lb. bag of dog food every other week and then 20 lb. of cat food every other week and take it to the local human society. I have also Doggie Doctor to pay an additional $5 every time I go in so that someone who can not afford to have their dog treated for heartworm prevention can afford it.

      I grow a city garden that still produces too much for my family of three so we take the extra produce to the Shelter for the residents to enjoy. We also donate to the local food bank twice a month. I go to the local store and hit all their 10 for $10 items (you'd be amazed at what you can get for $50 and how many stores are doing this now!). I have had to use the food bank when my husband was ill and its nice to know that I can support it as well!

      I made it a point to know all my neighbors. When Ada (78 years young!) next door told me that if I ever get up and don't see her kitchen curtains open then something is wrong, I knew and went over. She could have layed there for hours, instead we got her up called her son and had a cup of coffee! When the young couple next door moved in my husband and son went over and helped them unload the truck! I'm so grateful someone finally moved into that house!

      None of these things really cost much, mostly time. The most important thing is to find what it is that you are passionate about, what you make time for now, and just reach out to those around you. We all have it in us to make a Change!

       

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    • Joycey Berry CANTON, NC
      • over 5 years ago

      Thank you for making the pledge "Pledge to take part in President Obama's Summer of Service Initiative!"

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    • Walt Vasco PORTLAND, OR
      • over 5 years ago

      Thanks for the invite Michele.

      These are the type of actions I really like. To actually get out there and do something!

      Blessings, Walt

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