Where do I start? by Moxie Gusto

A fairly common goal in our rag-tag community is to inspire others to help those in need and generally do more good in the world.  We all have our own methods of drawing attention, but what do you do once you’ve got it?

More often than not, the response we get from people is very positive and often a person will ask how they can help.  Usually this isn’t a person who is looking to dress up like a ninja or go on patrol.  In my recent experience, those most interested in getting out and doing something good are older people or mothers who want to teach their children about helping others.

When this happens – and it will – have a well thought-out answer ready for the non-ninjas. Even better, print up a few business cards with contact information for outreach organizations in your area. There is a much better chance a person will follow through if you can put the information directly in their hands.

There is no reason not to do this. A pack of break-apart business cards can be had for about $3.00. You can find free software similar to Microsoft Word at http://OpenOffice.org , and free business card templates to get you started here: http://templates.openoffice.org/en/node/1163

If YOU are wondering where you can start:

  • The American Red Cross is full of volunteer opportunities and training in a multitude of skills:      http://www.redcross.org/support 
  • Meals on Wheels is always in need of delivery volunteers, financial donors and other types of supporters.  Find Meals on Wheels near you: http://www.mowaa.org/findameal 
  • Volunteer Match can hook you up with organizations in your area, and allow you to search by keyword. Pretty cool.  http://www.volunteermatch.org 

It doesn’t matter what you do, or how you help. Just pick something that appeals to you and get started.

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