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Volunteer? Or hang with the in-laws?
Posted By John Briley On October 5, 2010 @ 10:21 am In Volunteering | No Comments
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It’s no surprise that donations to charities decline in tough economic times. According to the National Philanthropic Trust , American giving reached a record high in 2007, with donations totaling $314 billion. Giving has since dropped by 2% to $308 billion in 2008. Two-thirds of charities saw drops in charitable giving in 2008.
OK, that’s still a lot of money. But it’s still not enough to meet the needs out there – for hungry Americans, abused and neglected children and animals, environmental stewardship and other causes that fall outside the attention span of our Greed-is-King culture.
The picture gets more frustrating when we consider this: In a study sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities , 93 percent of Americans surveyed believe it is important to promote volunteerism. But more than half (51 percent) said they’d rather read, watch TV or visit the in-laws than volunteer for charity. Only 55 percent of Americans volunteer.
The in laws? Really??
Whether or not you can afford to donate to a charity, find a cause and get involved! In almost every community in the U.S. volunteer opportunities abound . The gratification you feel will serve as more than ample reward for your time.
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URLs in this post:
 http://bouchercon2008.blogspot.com/2008/08/of-volunteering.html: http://bouchercon2008.blogspot.com/2008/08/of-volunteering.html
 National Philanthropic Trust: http://www.npt.org/
 Ronald McDonald House Charities: http://rmhc.org/
 volunteer opportunities abound: http://createthegood.org/
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