Saturday, April 28, 2007
Volunteer for Volunteering
THANKS to volunteers who came out from Meet Up: Faith (pictured above right) and Ruth; and from Richardson HIPPY (Yaneth and Kit), and to Half Price Books for giving us this opportunity! Over 60 million volunteers invested time in the public good sometime last year, according to Department of Labor statistics (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm).
HIPPY is rooted in the volunteer movement. Historically, our program was established by the volunteer organization National Council of Jewish Women (http://www.ncjwdallas.org/) both at the international, national (US) and at a local level here in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Irving, Richardson and Grand Prairie. AmeriCorps (http://www.americorps.org/) has further deepened our volunteer roots and has integrated a volunteer component into our program. Our HIPPY parents are challenged to each volunteer a minimum of 20 hours each school year. And now we're connected with Meet Up, an online social network that brings together people with common interests both online as well as face to face. We're part of the Non Profit Meetup (http://nonprofit.meetup.com/97/) and this event was our first collaboration together.