Tag: volunteer

7 tips for finding a great volunteer activity

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week so I want to thank all of you who volunteer in your community! Volunteering is an incredible way of helping others and supporting your community and neighbors. 2 I love to volunteer for many reasons – I feel so fortunate to be alive, healthy, financially stable, educated and

Volunteers needed for great charities

For most of my career, I have worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on missions, fundraising, volunteers and getting the best bang for always low budgets. I loved knowing my work was making a difference in the lives of people in our communities. So it’s a little strange to be in the for-profit world, not

Beer & food tasting at the Winter Beer Fest

On Saturday, my husband and I volunteered at the Winter Beer Fest IV in Royal Oak. We were helping Camp Casey, the charity recipient of the evening. Camp Casey is a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer. I recently became more involved with the fabulous organization and am excited to be trained as

The season of giving to charities

The end of the year brings the holidays, parties, shopping, decorating and trimming the Christmas tree. It also is the time of year that charities focus on year-end donations. Giving USA shares that total charitable giving in the United States reached more than $298.4 billion in 2011. Individuals contributed 73 percent of that amount. 2

Every day should be Earth Day

Today is recognized as Earth Day, a day to celebrate the planet we live on, recognize how we affect limited resources found on our planet, appreciate nature and take time to do a project that makes Earth a little nicer. Personally, I think every day should be Earth Day, and every day we should get

A not so private (cancer) community

Diagnosed at 21 years old with cancer went against everything I thought I knew about cancer (which wasn’t much at the time) and life (again, not much at 21!). I stayed active, worked out regularly, rode horses four days a week, ate healthy, never smoked. I thought I was the picture of great health. The

Mountains, laughter and cancer, oh my!

Nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains, there is a magical, inviting place called Camp Māk-A-Dream. It’s not like other ordinary camps; it’s rather a very wonderful camp.   The organization’s mission is to provide a medically supervised, cost-free Montana experience, in an intimate community setting, for children, young adults and families affected by cancer. They accomplish

For the love of a horse

I recently spent a wonderful day working at Horses Haven, a local organization that rescues horses, donkeys and other animals who are abused, neglected, unwanted, aged or whose owners can no longer afford to keep them (not so unusual with Michigan’s economy). I loved being at the horse farm.       I think “horse” was