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Chapter 10. BALANCING IN COMMUNITY: VOLUNTEERING AND YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

Chapter 10. BALANCING IN COMMUNITY: VOLUNTEERING AND YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

When your life is stretched so thin, the thought of volunteering or doing good works within your community at large may be the furthest thing from your mind. “If I can't even find enough hours in the day to get my 'to-do' list done, how am I going to find time to volunteer?”

Yet, for many, there may be an internal “calling” to volunteer. You may see an ad on television for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America or you may get a note home from your kids' school asking about tutoring kids who are having trouble reading. You may look around your neighborhood or community and see some very pressing needs—homelessness, neighborhood blight, teens with no place to hang out. Maybe you want to volunteer for more global issues like social justice. But you wonder if you have the time. When contemplating volunteering, consider the following:


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