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Old 03-05-2013, 04:37 AM
 
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A retiree from NY asked me the other day how could they meet locals, natives, and people outside of their retirement community, since the novelty of their community had worn off, and they now were ready to break out, open their parameters, and explore Delaware on their own. Volunteerism came to mind, and in my opinion, that seems to help newcomers weave their way into Delaware's way of life the most. With volunteerism, one can learn all the nooks and crannies of Delaware, meet people from all walks of life and of all ages, learn about Delaware's history, and make friends with others who want to give back to Delaware. Give a little, get a lot. So, for those interested, here's a start.....a link listing volunteerism ideas. Volunteer Delaware
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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Wonderful information RDLR and you are soooo right......
Truth is whatever you give you get back tenfold.
The reward is unbelievable.
The list is so complete and there is something for everyone.

I suggest people follow what you love and give till you heart swells.
thank you for posting this
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Philly to Lewes
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Default Great suggestion!!!

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A retiree from NY asked me the other day how could they meet locals, natives, and people outside of their retirement community, since the novelty of their community had worn off, and they now were ready to break out, open their parameters, and explore Delaware on their own. Volunteerism came to mind, and in my opinion, that seems to help newcomers weave their way into Delaware's way of life the most. With volunteerism, one can learn all the nooks and crannies of Delaware, meet people from all walks of life and of all ages, learn about Delaware's history, and make friends with others who want to give back to Delaware. Give a little, get a lot. So, for those interested, here's a start.....a link listing volunteerism ideas. Volunteer Delaware
Thanks for posting this info. Since I will be primarily operating my work from home business, your suggestion strikes a cord. I've volunteered since I was a teen here in Philly and I do agree that this will be a great way for me to assimilate, learn the culture, the area, and the people, while paying it forward and helping others.

Thanks again!

Dee
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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So good hearing from volunteers! I know Elizamary volunteers at the hospital, which surely can pull on the heartstrings! Don't know if I could do that, EM. And, Dee....this volunteering isn't new to you, either !! Good job, gals!

Besides giving of oneself, volunteering sure does broaden one's prospective of an area, while making life much more interesting! There's a lot to learn and experience outside the boundaries of a neighborhood or community. I see life as a "smörgåsbord" and have volunteered my whole life here and there, but not as much as I'd like to as I run a business from my home, like Dee.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Arezzo, Italy and Lewes, DE
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I appreciate the link. I hadn't gotten that far yet, but I definitely want to something with my time. I bookmarked it so when I get back to DE, I can pursue something. Thanks again.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: oxford, pa
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My husband and I recently started volunteering at the hospital and its great all around.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Center City
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I began volunteering at two organizations within a few months of moving to Philly (still doing it). It's a great way to get connected, meet people and do some good at the same time. I can't recommend it enough.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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Lots of proof here that the BUSY PEOPLE are the ones volunteering to be busier!
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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As a life long volunteer (started when I was 12) I have said many times that I am really selfish because I am the one so richly rewarded by volunteering that I could never give it up!!!

Keeps me out of trouble!!!
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:23 AM
 
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As a life long volunteer (started when I was 12) I have said many times that I am really selfish because I am the one so richly rewarded by volunteering that I could never give it up!!!
Keeps me out of trouble!!!
That's a wonderful way to put it, nuts2uiam!

I have a neighbor who volunteers and makes phone calls to the elderly, every day, to make sure they're o.k. At the same time, that neighbor is receiving chemo treatments for her colon cancer. There are some amazing people out there.
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