If you’ve read my post on “How to Make a Difference in Four Hours,” then you know I’m a huge supporter of volunteerism. So, I was absolutely thrilled to learn that as part of Discovery’s 25th Anniversary celebration, thousands of Discovery employees will be participating in a day of volunteering this month. Through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations around the globe, we’ll be doing a variety of things to “benefit the land, water and people of our planet.”
Folks in the Atlanta area have several great options to choose from, including:
- Working at a shelter for women and children
- Organizing and packaging much-needed medical supplies for overseas communities
- Working on a conservation and rehabilitation project in the Kirkwood Urban Forest
- Making greeting cards for the “Thoughtful Treasures” mailbox program at The Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health)
Jessika’s going to be working on the Kirkwood Urban Forest project (I’m hoping she’ll be blogging about that next week). I decided to make greeting cards. My work with the Ronald McDonald House and the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals definitely influenced my decision. If you’re not familiar with any of these places, the concept is simple — they provide a home away from home for the families of children or adults who are undergoing medical treatment. According to The Children’s Inn at NIH Web site, it can accommodate 59 families at a time and more than 1,400 families — from the U.S. and other countries — stay there each year. The “Thoughtful Treasures” program at the Children’s Inn is a bright spot in the day of the children staying there, providing a small treat in their mailboxes each day. In addition to cards, the Children’s Inn accepts puzzles, hand puppets, small stuffed animals and sticker books for the mailbox program.
To make the cards, I’ll be doing something similar to how I made the paper bookmarks for my Mother’s Day post, clipping out words, pictures and such and creating a happy collage. Like all the volunteer projects I’ve ever participated in, I’ll have a lot of fun doing this. And I hope the recipients of these cards will feel a similar sense of joy upon finding them tucked inside their mailboxes. It’s amazing how just a few moments of your time truly can make a positive impact on another person’s life.
What have you done to discover your impact? Please share your stories of volunteerism.
Oh, and if you’re on Twitter, you can follow the impact that the rest of the Discovery Communications community is having. Follow @DiscoveryComm or search #ourimpact on twitter to see the global reach of this worldwide event.