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  • Volunteering With the Elderly: How Your Child Could Benefit From This Experience

    Jan 16, 2017 by Amy Shoemaker

    Volunteering With the Elderly: How Your Child Could Benefit From This Experience   Volunteering is always a great activity your family can do together to become closer, learn, and take on new experiences.   When you get your children interested in volunteering at a young age, they will be able to learn more and they will have the drive to volunteer on their own in the future. Inspiring your child to volunteer will start in your home. If your children see that you are excited about volunteering, they will be more likely to follow your example. As parents, it is our responsibility to get them started so that they will continue to be charitable throughout their lives.    

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  • Making the Holidays Meaningful with Your Family

    Nov 13, 2016 by Stacy DeCicco

    The holidays are upon us and many of us are already feeling that  "so much to do, over committed, overwhelmed, not enough hours in the day" kind of deja vous.   Holiday seasons that are meant to be peaceful and meaningful all too often begin to feel chaotic and exhausting.  What if I told you there was something you could do this holiday season that would make you feel like you had more hours in the day, while also increasing self-confidence, improving physical health, and creating family memories? Does it simply sound too good to be true? It isn't!  Studies consistently tell us that when people volunteer-carving out even a small amount of time in their day to help someone else-they experience feelings of efficiency and competence. In other words, when you give time, you feel like you have more time. 

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  • Making the Holidays Meaningful with Your Family

    Nov 13, 2016 by Stacy DeCicco

    The holidays are upon us and many of us are already feeling that  "so much to do, over committed, overwhelmed, not enough hours in the day" kind of deja vous.   Holiday seasons that are meant to be peaceful and meaningful all too often begin to feel chaotic and exhausting.  What if I told you there was something you could do this holiday season that would make you feel like you had more hours in the day, while also increasing self-confidence, improving physical health, and creating family memories? Does it simply sound too good to be true? It isn't!  Studies consistently tell us that when people volunteer-carving out even a small amount of time in their day to help someone else-they experience feelings of efficiency and competence. In other words, when you give time, you feel like you have more time. 

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  • Hunger We Can Help Fill {Stooping Low}

    Sep 26, 2016 by Sarah Farish, Guest Blogger

    Our Guest Blogger, Sarah Farish, recently attended a film event hosted by the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.  The film, STARFISH THROWERS, is a documentary that tells the story of how worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover that their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.  The film shares the work of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and see their impact ripple further than their individual actions. Sarah's blog entry shares her heartfelt response to the film.  She describes herself as a Jesus follower, single mom, teacher, reader, writer, friend, and servant.  She loves her family, people, the color pink, and watches.  Her blog, Making Much of Him 365, is powerful, entertaining and inspiring.  You can follow her at www.makingmuchofhim365.com.  

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  • Doing good is really good for you!

    Jul 25, 2016 by Stacy DeCicco

    The evidence is compelling.  Volunteering your time and energy is truly beneficial on many, many levels.  You will make an immediate impact in your community;  you will effect change in your own little corner of the world.  You will create a healthier, happier version of yourself.  Doing good…it really is good for you!!

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  • Celebrate Service in April

    Mar 9, 2016 by Andrea Shirey

    It is springtime in the U.S., the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming.  April is the perfect month to bring attention to volunteers and the new life they bring to their communities.

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  • Tips for Holiday Volunteering

    Dec 28, 2015 by Andrea Shirey

    The holidays are a time marked by busy days and nights. If you have some time off or can spare an hour or two during the holidays, you can recharge and reconnect by volunteering. Whether you are volunteering to help underprivileged kids with cookie decorating and crafts, serving a meal at your local soup kitchen, or engaged in another volunteer activity, volunteering can make the busy holidays even better. The people you serve will have a better holiday, and so will you: volunteering can improve mental, emotional and physical health.

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  • Welcome to Volunteer MOV

    Oct 12, 2015 by Andrea Shirey

    If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times this past year. "I want to volunteer somewhere. Can you help me?"

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