This year, we have a lot more time. International Volunteer Day 2007 is on December 5th, or 48 weeks away. We also have more members, and the hugely increased amount of time gives more people time to get involved.
So, here's your mission, should you choose to accept it: 2,007 hours in 2007. That's almost 42 hours a week--which is quite a step up from last year, but I think we can do it. (Can I get a "HECK YEAH!!!" ?)
Also, in the interest of making this a project for everyone, not just a few people (those of you who stole the show last time are appreciated, of course; we couldn't do it without you), here's our other mission: Get 1% of the total TU membership, by December 5th, involved in those 2,007 hours. There are two ways of doing this: existing members can volunteer and tell about it here, or people you volunteer with can join. As of right now, 1% of the total membership would be 52 members, though of course that number's expected to rise over the course of the year.
"Volunteering" means any activity that you do for the good of other individuals, the environment, or society in general, for which you don't expect to receive a financial reward. It can be through an organization or on your own. If there's an activity you do for an amount of pay that's below your area's minimum wage, work out how many hours' worth of pay you get from it, and subtract that from the total amount of time you put in; the remaining "unpaid" hours count as volunteering in my book. Also, in my experience, donating blood takes about an hour per pint (not counting punch-and-cookies time afterward). That's definitely helping someone, so go ahead and count it here--one hour per pint, for simplicity's sake, since I don't want you to have to watch a clock.
UN International Volunteer Day information
Organizations to volunteer for:
United Way International
Humane Society International
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
You'll need to dig through to the national and local level; this was the furthest level up I could find, in order to make it useful for everyone.
For those who are already doing something for an organization that could use more volunteers, feel free to post a little information so that others in your area might be able to jump in.
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