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“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrew

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. Allen Klein
If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers. Whoopi Goldberg
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. Erma Bombeck

Do you Volunteer? This is National Volunteer Week and it gives all of us another opportunity to reach out, connect with our local charities and serve others. When Points of Light established this special week in 1974, their intention was to shine a light on those among us who give selflessly to others every year; to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities. They also wanted the rest of us to remember that we grow by serving others and to serve is to remember our shared humanity.  When we volunteer our time to help others, we receive not only psychic rewards but also the satisfaction of knowing that our selfless act helps others get back on their feet. The earlier we start, the better as it helps us share the importance of volunteering with our children and family members.  Of course, it is never too late to start or offer help. Find what works for you and give back to your community. You can help offline or online… same difference.
READ: Public Service and Volunteer Opportunities
International Volunteer Program
Create the Good


“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” Kofi Annan

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Author Unknown
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn

What is your earliest memory of Volunteering? My earliest memory of giving back takes me to my childhood days. I remember my parents made it clear to us kids that we had to make an effort to help those in need. My mom had a small chicken coop and a vegetable garden in our backyard, and she would donate eggs and extra veggies to local families in need. She also gave away our toys and clothes without notice. If we complained, we were admonished and reminded that life apportions her gifts randomly and those who had more were expected to give back to the poor and the destitute. I must admit that, as children, it wasn’t always a palatable concept but, we went along with the admonition and participated in our own small way. Over time, the teachings settled inside of us as we became more comfortable with sharing our largess. It was heartwarming to see the joy and gratitude on people’s faces when they received help and it all made sense that we were, indeed, our brothers’ keeper. During the war years, we came to understand that helping others was imperative to our collective survival. It’s a lesson I have never forgotten and I have passed it on to my kids.
READ: Global Volunteers
Volunteer at NARA | National Archives 


For the Record by  Adrienne Rich  via
The clouds and the stars didn’t wage this war
the brooks gave no information
if the mountain spewed stones of fire into the river
it was not taking sides
the raindrop faintly swaying under the leaf
had no political opinions

and if here or there a house
filled with backed-up raw sewage
or poisoned those who lived there
with slow fumes, over years
the houses were not at war
nor did the tinned-up buildings

intend to refuse shelter
to homeless old women and roaming children
they had no policy to keep them roaming
or dying, no, the cities were not the problem
the bridges were non-partisan
the freeways burned, but not with hatred

Even the miles of barbed-wire
stretched around crouching temporary huts
designed to keep the unwanted
at a safe distance, out of sight
even the boards that had to absorb
year upon year, so many human sounds

so many depths of vomit, tears
slow-soaking blood
had not offered themselves for this
The trees didn’t volunteer to be cut into boards
nor the thorns for tearing flesh
Look around at all of it

and ask whose signature
is stamped on the orders, traced
in the corner of the building plans
Ask where the illiterate, big-bellied
women were, the drunks and crazies,
the ones you fear most of all: ask where you were.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR 2018/APR 2018 are:


03/04 – Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, American Red Cross Month, 08 International Women’s Day, World Kidney Day, 04 Academy Awards
03/11 – 11 Daylight Savings, 14 Pi Day, 15 World Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day
03/18 – 19 St Joseph, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World poetry Day, 22 World Water day, 24 Earth Hour
03/25 – Palm Sunday, 29 Holy Thursday, 30 Good Friday, 31 Passover


04/01   –   01, April Fool’s Day, 02, Autism Awareness, 06, International Day Sport Development Peace, 07,  World Health Day,
04/08   –   10, National Siblings Day, 10, Equal Pay Day,  12, Holocaust Remembrance Day
04/15  –   17 Tax Day,  NationalVolunteerWeek
04/22  –    22, Earth Day,  23, World Book Day, 27, Arbor Day
01/29  –   29, International Jazz Day


Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab


“Volunteering is so pervasive it’s invisible. We take for granted all the things that have been pioneered by concerned, active volunteers.” Susan J. Ellis

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. Aristotle
Volunteerism is currency that appreciates. Website Of Administrators Of Volunteer Resources Bc
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is the essence of life? I suspect that if we ask 10 random people this question, we would get so many different answers. However, I suspect that, given the opportunity to choose from a list, most would include service/help to others. Why? Because it is impossible to thrive in this world without the support and goodwill of others. Think about your entire day and all the nameless/faceless people who have performed their tasks so you can ease into your day seamlessly and perform your tasks while making all sorts of choices.  By the same token, when we volunteer our time to give comfort to others, we are continuing that chain of love and its reverberations will ripple across our hearts, our homes and Mother Earth, enriching and empowering many. Go SERVE!
READ: 2018 – 2019 Best Volunteer Abroad Programs, Organizations, & Projects


Have a happy, peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip: Reach out and help another – volunteer!

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM


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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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