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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?

Celebrate a S-L-O-W Holiday

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | December 10th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: activities, baking cookies, board games, children, christmas, family time, Hanukkah, holiday season, kids, movies, parenting, slow down, snowman, volunteering, winter

Mother and daughter playing in the snowSlow, in our culture, is a four-letter word. Slow is lazy. It’s unmotivated. It’s got an attitude problem.

Fast is where it’s at. Fast-track your career. Fast-burn your fat. Get results … fast!

I like fast as much as the next mom. I badger my children to tie their shoelaces faster, eat their dinner faster, make their beds faster. We run for the school bus, race to piano lessons, zip to the grocery store.

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 Staffers Donate School Backpacks Packed with Love

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | September 8th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back | tags: Crayons to Calculators, gaiam, Gaiam staff, school supply drive, volunteering

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Last month Gaiam staffers contributed 40 fully-packed backpacks to the Crayons to Calculators school supply drive, which aims to provide 5,000 backpacks to children in need to start their school year off right.

Our staff’s huge outpouring of support for the Crayons to Calculators program is clear in this mountain of donated backpacks … The girls from Gaiam’s HR team paused for a photo before prepping the packs for volunteers to fill at our Boulder, Colo., headquarters.

10 Ways to Change the World Through Social Media

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 12th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Giving Back | tags: activism, donating, government, social-media, volunteering

Citizen journalism, open government, status updates, community building, information sharing, crowdsourcing, and the election of a President.

A guest post from Max Gladwell

Creative Ways to Give Back on Thanksgiving and More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 21st, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Inspirational Media | tags: diabetes, energy efficiency, green building, health, kids, Personal Growth, teenagers, thanksgiving, vegetarianism, volunteering, wellness, Yoga, yoga poses

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