Adding volunteering to your holiday to-do list is easier than you may think | Community Spirit
If you’ve gone to the grocery store the day before Christmas to pick up cranberry sauce, a turkey, or a pie crust, you know items in abundance year-round can become a prized possession during the holidays.
By the same token, if you’re looking for a place to volunteer during the holidays – the time when many people in Posey County make a concerted effort to give back – you may encounter some determined competition. Yet making the effort to volunteer during the holidays can lead to year-round benefits, and by thinking outside the box, you can find meaningful opportunities without a lot of hassle.
The American Cancer Society makes it particularly easy for you to find ways to volunteer. By visiting cancer.org/Involved, you can learn about programs available in this area that fit your schedule. Below are just two potential volunteer opportunities:
· Road To Recovery: Volunteer drivers provide free transportation for cancer patients to get them to and from treatment. All it takes to volunteer for this program is a willingness to help others, reliable transportation and proof that the driver is licensed and insured. Volunteers are able to commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows.
· Local office: The local American Cancer Society office may need volunteers to work alongside their staff to complete administrative tasks (e.g., preparing mailings, filing, and entering data), to work on special projects, or to help prepare for upcoming events.
“No matter how you choose to spend your volunteer time, it’s likely to be a rewarding experience, and it’s definitely for a great cause – creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Vicki Elliff, American Cancer Society health initiatives director for Indiana.
Once you make the first step to volunteer, you may discover how easy it is to give of your time year round. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking forward to future volunteer opportunities to connect with the friends you’ve made. Before long, you won’t have to remember to volunteer; it will have a permanent place on your calendar.
The American Cancer Society depends on volunteers like you to help save lives from cancer. For more information on how you can join the fight today, visit cancer.org or call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.