What if every adult in the United States gave a couple of hours of time every month to volunteering in 2009?
Four hours a month is not much time, is it? It is one evening a month of watching of television. An hour once a week of playing around on the computer.
What good could be done in four hours a month?
- It is one hour once a week at a local nursing home playing cards with seniors, reading aloud to a bedridden elder, playing guitar or piano.
- When you pick up your child from the after school program, could you take off your coat and spend 15 minutes quizzing kids on flash cards or spelling words before continuing on your way home?
- Four hours is one Saturday morning a month spent picking up donation for a local food pantry, sorting clothing donation at the domestic abuse prevention center or pulling invasive weeds in the state park.
- Are you good with accounting or design? Could you help a local non-profit with their books or design promotional materials for them?
- Drive elderly people to doctor's appointments twice a month. Deliver food for Meals on Wheels one day a month.
- Can you carve out four hours a month to sit on a committee for a community improvement group or non-profit group and complete one action item for the group every month?
Can you imagine the impact on your community, your state, your nation if every adult spent a mere four hours every month volunteering in any kind of capacity? Any type of volunteering - community service groups, education, health care, elderly services, youth programs, environmental programs, social services programs. Anything.
Could you donate just four hours a month to helping our society? Four hours on a bi-weekly basis? Four hours a week?
I am up for the challenge.
How about you?