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My Helper’s High: How Volunteering Benefits YOU

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | January 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Giving Back, Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: action, community, giving back, happiness, health benefits of volunteering, raising money, soup kitchen, volunteer, volunteering, volunteering happiness

My first taste of volunteer work came when I was 12 years old. It was 1976, and McDonald’s restaurants were encouraging kids to host carnivals to raise funds for muscular dystrophy. Though I had little understanding of muscular dystrophy, I loved a backyard party. My philanthropic mother had planted a deep seed in me regarding helping others. “To whom much is given, much is expected” was our motto.

I received my carnival kit and recruited the neighborhood kids to help. We had a fortune teller, sno-cone table, games of chance and more, raising about $70. But the major payoff was that I fell in love with good causes.

Since then, I’ve volunteered as a swim buddy for kids with spina bifida and worked with various organizations that focus on environmental issues, homelessness, poverty and AIDS. These days, I volunteer weekly at a soup kitchen, washing dishes and passing out fruit (when we have enough) to the down-on-their-luck men and women who come inside for soup and community. I also chair an eco-committee at my kids’ school. And though it seems counter-intuitive — after all, I’m a busy mom of three — I find myself with more energy to tackle my other commitments.

Reward Your Resolution

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | December 25th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Personal Growth | tags: be on time, charity, community, DailyFeats, debt, eco-friendly, environment, exercise, Fitness, giving back, go green, goals, motivation, new habits, New Year’s resolutions, points, positive actions, punctuality, rewards, volunteering

Reward Your Resolution

We’re almost midway through the first month of the new year, and if you’re like the majority of resolution makers, you’re likely already starting to falter. According to a recent New York Times article, “By the end of January, a third will have broken their resolutions, and by July more than half will have lapsed.”

That’s why now is a great time to recommit to those oh-so-noble goals. Two ways to do that? Checking in with your resolutions often and rewarding yourself for your progress. Sure, losing weight, saving money and getting more sleep are their own rewards, but a little extra motivation never hurt, right?

Karma Yoga: Does It Really Start With You?

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | April 9th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Giving Back, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: actions, Adri Kyser, breathe, cause and effect, charity, Confucius, consequences, divine, Gandhi, give, giving back, job, Karma Yoga, meditate, meditation, Mother Teresa, Nishala Joy Devi, nuture, praise, reward, routine, Selfless Service, work, yoganonymous

Karma Yoga

By Adri Kyser

You hear people talk about Karma more and more nowadays. They use this word to describe something good or bad that happened to them or to someone else. Often you can even hear this word used to predict the future consequences a person may receive based upon a particular action.

Grateful, Grateful

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 21st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmations, change, giving back, giving thanks, goals, grateful, gratefulness, gratitude, higher calling, miracles, service, spirituality, thanksgiving, transformation, universe

I am sitting in a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Celebrate Your Life conference. I have the honor of being here to facilitate two workshops and to participate with a number of speakers and teachers who have inspired me over the years. As I sit here, I am bathed in a sea of gratitude for the amazing life that I am privileged to live.

Travel That Gives Back: This Earth Day, Plan a Voluntourism Vacation

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | April 21st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Giving Back, Green Living | tags: africa, agriculture, Aisa, Baja Peninsula, Belize, Bifengxia Panda Center, building projects, Cape Coast, charity, China, community development, conservation, Cotton Tree Lodge, Earth Day, elephant sanctuary, endangered-species, environmental education, environmental protection, europe, GAP Adventures, GeoVisions, Ghana, giving back, Global Volunteer Network, Go Abroad, Go Eco, gray whales, green-travel, Grupo Tortuguero, i to i Volunteer & Adventure Travel, Institute for Field Research Expeditions, International Student Volunteers, international trips, kids, Lonely Planet, Magadalena Bay, mexico, NGOs, nonprofits, Organic Chocolate Farm, Panda Conservation Adventure, ProWorld, recycling, sanitation, sea turtles, service work, Sichuan province, south america, Sri Lanka, Sustainable Harvest International, teaching, volunteer vacation, volunteering, voluntourism, VolunTourism.org, waste management, wildlife, youth

Measuring a sea turtle

As Julio hauled the net into our skiff, we spied a green sea turtle ensnared in the mesh. In this case, we were happy to see our captive: Julio is the Magadalena Baykeeper on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and part of his job is working with Grupo Tortuguero — the world’s foremost sea turtle conservation group — to capture, study and release endangered turtles in order to help ensure their future.

Gaiam Gives Back to Local Communities

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 17th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back | tags: charities, contributions, donations, giving back, local communities, non-profit

Students at J.A. Rogers Academy in Kansas City, Mo., try out fitness tools donated by Gaiam.

From inner-city schools to homeless shelters to hospitals, Gaiam has donated yoga mats, fitness tools, BalanceBall chairs, bedding, water bottles, cleaning supplies, solar-powered gadgets and more to those in need in Colorado (where Gaiam’s headquarters are located) and other states throughout the U.S.

3 Ways to Keep on Giving All Year Long

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | January 20th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: change, family, giving, giving back, love, positive-thoughts


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Foodie Philanthropy: 5 Charities Fighting Hunger, and How You Can Help

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | December 16th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Giving Back, Green Living | tags: causes, charity, giving, giving back, holidays, philanthropy, volunteer

Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is a great time of year. But as I’m recovering from the glut of presents, the copious amounts of cookies and sweets I’ve consumed, and the amount of credit card debt I’ve racked up buying gifts and decorations, I always resolve that I’ll offset my good fortune in the coming year by finding a few good causes to contribute to not just at the holidays, but throughout the year — when they need it the most.

Gaiam Donates 500 Thanksgiving Turkeys to Denver Rescue Mission

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | December 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back | tags: canned foods, Denver Rescue Mission, donated food, donated Thanksgiving meals, donated turkeys, donations, food drives, gaiam, Gaiam donations, giving back, helping the poor, holiday donations, thanksgiving, turkeys

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Here’s one way Gaiam gave back this holiday season: We donated 500 turkeys to the Denver Rescue Mission, helping to provide Thanksgiving meals to the poor and homeless in the Denver area.

“Gaiam has sent an important message to those we serve — that there are many who care,” says Lisette Williams, manager of community events and procurement for the Denver Rescue Mission.