Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the world? Do you find yourself horrified by events in the news? Are you shocked by things that happen in society? Do you ever witness the injustices that happen to others? Do you ever wish there was something you could do to help?
Well, you can make this world a better place to live in through volunteering! Recently, a couple of library employees helped build the new Roxhill Castle playground in West Seattle. As part of my commitment to volunteering I currently help tutor elementary students every Wednesday evening. Everyday I see how the commitment of volunteers makes a difference - hungry people are fed, families are clothed, children’s lives are enriched and communities are built stronger. Throughout your lifetime, almost everywhere you go, at some point, in some way, you see good samaritans making a difference by volunteering their time.
Here are some reading suggestions that may inspire you to spend some of your time helping a good cause:
A Gift of Hope - This inspirational memoir tells the story of how Danielle Steele responded to her grief over losing her son and sets out to help the homeless of San Francisco.
The Third Wave - In 2004, Alison Thompson watched on her television the devastation in southern Asia left by a tsunami. She knew it would take as many people as possible to help rebuild these communities, so she set out to help victims of this tragedy with only $300 and a desire to help.
Giving -Bill Clinton encourages every individual to contribute in any way whether small, or big. He shares his experiences, and others’, through inspiring stories of making significant differences in the lives of the less fortunate.
If It Takes a Village, Build One – You may know the comedian Chris Rock. His wife, Maalak Compton Rock, has written this book filled with personal experiences on volunteering and interviews with other humanitarians. She gives the reader advice on how to become involved, and she might just be the right author to inspire you too.
Change the World for Ten Bucks - This popular book will give you ideas and a jumpstart on how simple it is to start making a difference in the world.
The Seattle Public Library relies on the dedication from our many volunteers and donors. Homework Help for students is made possible by people like you. Money donations helps buy new books and fund programming. And books get cleaned and mended by fellow book lovers. If you are interested, and over the age of 14, you can fill out an application at your local library branch!
Click here for other volunteer opportunites in the Seattle area.
We all contribute to improving our world in ways we may not realize. How do you give back?