Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lots of Ways to Help

     As I've mentioned in several previous posts, I've been fascinated by the proliferation of websites that help to connect volunteers with people in need.  This evening, I was doing some research and came across a site well worth checking out.  It's called Help from Home, and features links to tons of other sites where you can volunteer for as little as 5 or 10 minutes right from your own home and still make a difference in the world.  It's amazing to see the variety of activities/projects that are available.  I signed up to help with 3 different projects:

  1. The first one is called LibriVox and is an organization where volunteers read and record books for people to enjoy in the public domain.  I've volunteered to be a reader and look forward to doing my first book.
  2. The second one is called BookShare.  This is a site that helps to make books available to those with visual impairments, physical disabilities, or reading disabilities.  I've volunteered to help proofread digital books for quality.
  3. The third one is called English Out There.  This organization helps people all over the world to learn to read and speak English.  I've volunteered to have actual conversations with people, using Skype, so that they can practice their English by speaking it with someone for whom the language is native.  
  The opportunities to make a difference for others are literally endless.  Sometimes it just takes a little research to find ones that are suited to your skills, interests, and time - but they're out there.  The internet really does bring the world closer.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks David. I appreciate the links & will check them out when I can.

    Take care,