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Old 04-01-2009, 06:56 AM
 
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My happy today is volunteerism.

Every day, tens of thousands of people go to work for no pay at all, beyond the quiet satisfaction of providing a needed service. They sort cans at food pantries, provide literacy tutoring, deliver meals on wheels, mentor at-risk youth, build and repair homes for low-income neighbors, clean up parks and roadsides, provide computer assistance, and dozens and dozens of other much-needed activities. And at the end of the day, all that any of them take home is the knowledge that they've made a difference in someone else's life.

The contributions that these people make each year are beyond staggering, and the world in which we live would be a very different place indeed if they were not investing their time and energy for the benefit of us all.

So, what is your happy on this bright and beautiful April day?
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:06 AM
bjh
 
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I think that's a good one, MBW!

I guess a corollary to that is that people give $ to charities when they don't have the time or good health to volunteer.

I sincerely hope our government doesn't pass laws that may curb that tradition as has been recently suggested.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:40 AM
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Agree MBW & lets give credit to corporations who help also.

The company I work for gives $750 a year to 2 organizations that I volunteer my time to.

Let's just say my daughters Girl Scout troop is very happy!
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Good one MBW! I think I would like to do some type of volunteer work when I retire. In the meantime, I do help out my kids schools and daughter's gymnastics team when I can!

We have a wild animal rehab here and most people that work there are volunteers. I think that would be cool,except, my luck, I would probably get the job of poop scooper!
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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What a great thought, MBW!!! It's also a gorgeous day here in SW Ohio! I long fro the day when I can work partr-time or retire and "give back" for allof the opportunities I'VE had! Locally, we have a service that reads newspapers and other things to the blind. I'd love to do that! I'm also close to the Air Force Museum er, "The National Museum of the Air Force". That's something I could lend a little something to!
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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My happy thing today is playing jokes on all three of my sons for April Fools Day, and yet knowing they are not slick enough to pull one over on me!
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:43 PM
bjh
 
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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My happy thing today is playing jokes on all three of my sons for April Fools Day, and yet knowing they are not slick enough to pull one over on me!
Be careful there. YOu know what they say: "Be nice to your kids. They choose your retirement home."
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