Thankful Thursday #4: Volunteer Match

What I did to help others this week:volunteer match

I discovered the organization, Volunteer Match, which connects volunteers with organizations that need help. Using Volunteer Match is super easy. You simply sign up (which is free) then filter the thousands of opportunities by either zip code if you want to volunteer locally or by category.

My first project was to make cheerful pillowcases for Hospice patients with CareCHOICES.

For this opportunity, I used the keyword “sewing” to find this need in California. The organization displays a short paragraph outlining their need and you click the “I want to volunteer button”. Volunteer Match then sends the organization a message confirming there is an interested volunteer and the organization will contact you via email.

The lady I corresponded with at CareCHOICES was lovely and I was able to whip up 8 pillowcases in no time!

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This week I am most thankful for:

Living in the south where the weather is somewhat warmer! Much of the US is under blizzard conditions and while it isn’t summer weather, we do have 50+ degree weather right now. I think that is a heat wave compared to the northeast!

Thankful Thursday #2: Koala Mittens

What I did to help others this week:

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare sent out a plea for mittens to assist in the koala’s recovery from recent wildfires in Australia.  The IFAW works to protect animals around the world and is specifically working with doctors and care givers to provide cotton mittens that will be used over the dressings on koala’s injured paws. Since one of my hobbies is sewing, I had lots of scraps from previous projects available to use. I made and sent 22 mittens to help with their healing effort and to honor my daughter, Caitlin, who turned 22 on Tuesday. If you would like to help, check out this article for details and a pattern.

This week I am most thankful for:

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My sweet daughter Caitlin. I’m so grateful to see what a beautiful person she turned into. Caitlin was a preemie and only weighed 2.1lbs at birth. After 73 days in the NICU she was able to come home and has been a ball of energy ever since!

Thankful Thursday #1: St Jude’s Ranch

As part of my 2015 goal of transforming my life, I intend to find ways to help others and make a concerted effort to be thankful for what I have.

What I did to help others this week:

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St. Jude’s Ranch has a recycled card program that uses the fronts of old cards to create new cards for sale. I found out about this program a few years ago and have been sending in my old holiday cards ever since. This year I sent 14 card fronts that would have been tossed in the trash otherwise. The program accepts all types of cards (not just holiday) and currently has a need for Birthday and Thank You. If you would like to help too, that would be excellent!

This week I am most thankful for:

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My dog Cooper being found alive and well. He went out New Year’s Eve and bolted when all the fireworks started going off. I called him for 2 hours with help from my neighbor to no avail. After a sleepless night (for him and me), I found him cold and wet by the front porch. It’s crazy how much I love this little stinker!

Please share what you are thankful for and any ideas for giving back. I would love to hear from you!