January 2016

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CT Has Heart!

Even though the thermometer says it’s absolutely arctic out there, we at VolunteerSquare.com are keeping warm thanks to all of you amazing volunteers and nonprofits! We want to invite you to spread the warmth by participating in our inaugural “CT Has Heart” photo contest.

Here’s how it works:

Simply snap and upload a photo or short video to our FacebookTwitter or Instagram showing a random act of kindness, volunteer project or something sweet that warms your heart. Use the hashtag #CThasHeart and be sure to tag us using @VolunteerSquare we’ll enter you to win a VolunteerSquare.com goody bag full of fun treats! Be sure to like and follow us while you’re there, too!

Honoring Dr. King with Service

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Some of you may have the day off, others may have gone into work or school, and others may have forgotten about it altogether. We think that Dr. King deserves far more than one day and wanted to highlight his legacy.

The federal government recently launched an online, social media-promoted initiative for Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an offset of its national commitment to community service. This day of service is highlighted by millions of people across the United States posting Facebook comments, sharing tweets with MLK-related hashtags, and sharing photos of community service stories or how they came together, and not just on a national level. Communities just like Fairfield County have become the backbone of volunteer movements; it’s easier than ever to find volunteer opportunities in your own backyard, not to mention other inspired volunteers.

Honoring Dr. King with Service

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Some of you may have the day off, others may have gone into work or school, and others may have forgotten about it altogether. We think that Dr. King deserves far more than one day and wanted to highlight his legacy.

The federal government recently launched an online, social media-promoted initiative for Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an offset of its national commitment to community service. This day of service is highlighted by millions of people across the United States posting Facebook comments, sharing tweets with MLK-related hashtags, and sharing photos of community service stories or how they came together, and not just on a national level. Communities just like Fairfield County have become the backbone of volunteer movements; it’s easier than ever to find volunteer opportunities in your own backyard, not to mention other inspired volunteers.

Volunteering on Your Resolution List? Here's How to Keep it There

2016 is here. It’s a new year and a clean slate. It’s full of promises, plans, and of course, New Years’ resolutions. Amid resolutions to eat more leafy greens, get into the gym, or call loved ones more regularly, one of the most popular resolutions every year is to volunteer more of your time. At VolunteerSquare.com we applaud everyone who undertakes commitments to more volunteering, but resolutions have a habit of being placed on hold, neglected, or abandoned altogether as the year moves along.

 

Here are some tips on how you can keep the goodwill going.

 

1.Be Specific

Saying you want to volunteer is a very broad term. Doing what? What type of agency do you want to work with? What types of problems are you interested in solving? Just knowing what you really want to do as a volunteer will make a big difference in your commitment to your goals.

 

2. Create sub-goals

So your goal is to volunteer and you’ve established a specific direction. Then what? Continue creating a path for yourself in your road to New Years’ volunteering in 2016. Maybe you want to volunteer in order to meet one new person every day. Maybe your goals could be work-related, such as writing one new press release every day that you volunteer. Be creative!

 

3. Be Realistic

As we’ve discussed often, volunteers are scheduling time around work, relationships, school, and a variety of other commitments. Commit to a specific time so that you can keep to a schedule, and more importantly, don’t overdo it!

 

4. Be Self-Helping

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