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Commit 1 Percent of Your Time to Service This Year

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We can do better than good. Together, we can be great.  As Martin Luther King, Jr. put it, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve." In honor of MLK Day and President Obama's National Day of Service, we're challenging you to commit yourself to service. Spend one percent of your work hours this year (that's 20 hours) changing a small corner of your world for the better. However you choose to give back, this year you can be great. Click "Do It" below to take the pledge, and let's dig in!



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Stories (25)

  • mochart

    I chair (volunteer post) a community outreach committee for an association I belong to (ASQ). We promote involving our members in their communities with local businesses, non-profits and charities to promote quality and good citizenship via various event types: Executive Roundtables, Quality/Lean events for non-profits, charity drives. We meet every other week for the last 3 years and we are now starting a webchat to get more involvement. Google+ webchat will be on September 12 8:00pm EST - if you would like to learn share what else we can do please join us.

  • Andy G

    One of the ways I am giving back is working hard to fund-raise as well as participate in a Make-A-Wish rafting event. I have a team of nine people who will spend a total of 44 hours out on a raft on a lake in New Hampshire, two people on the raft at a time, with other teams on their rafts. It's a pretty cool event, check out our page here:

    And if you're feeling extra awesome today, you could even Donate! That would be super cool of you! The kids would greatly appreciate it!

  • Historygal

    This coming week I begin working with a client who has a brain injury. He wants to write a book and needs someone to help him organize it. I am a freelance writer and editor so this is right up my alley. I'm really looking forward to learning his story and helping him get it finished

  • Jules Shapiro

    I am neck deep into this one. Everyday I do more work for, I am firmly committed to Chronically Awesome is 99% of my life. Are you looking for a GOOD cause that needs your help? Visit today. A young foundation in need of your help. Especially seeking graphic designers, health bloggers, artists willing to donate a piece for the upcoming art auction.

  • Leigh Evanson

    I've been acting as an afterschool tutor for 826 DC once a week (2.5 hours). It's so much fun to meet these kids who are such characters, to watch them grow and change (even week to week) and succeed. I'll be doing it again in the fall, too!

  • Pennies of Time

    My young boys and I complete a service act each day. Sometimes it takes 15 minutes and other times we get caught up on the work and spend over an hour serving. It has been awesome for my boys and our family!

  • sheriberry

    I volunteer with CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) in my county. CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.

    I also give blood every 56 days :)

  • Chris Gregory

    I don't bother keeping count of hours anymore. I'm unable to commit to just one organizations goals and tend to be less patient with getting things going when I focus on just one. I don't know what you would say I do. I do a little bit of everything. My ADHD gets the best of me most of the time as I have 4 or 5 projects up in the air at a time. I work with local congregations to help organize combined community efforts of which can be continued as an annual event without my help after the first time. I work with local and state organizations to help create awareness of current programs in the community I live in, take the first steps towards starting something new in the community (composting program, green expo, battery recycling), and mostly just helping the community connect. I've served on a local PTO and my 10 yo daughter and I will soon be starting a county-wide comprehensive waste audit while working with a local waste hauler in hopes to have their 6 acres of land permitted for composting and up and running by the end of the year. We hold monthly Ethical eating workshops (for vegans, vegetarians, and ethical eaters) and run a small Equal Exchange store out of our congregation while helping create awareness about the unethical and unfair work environments for food products. The point of listing all of this isn't for show-and-tell, it's to show one thing. I'm not part of any big organization, so I never have any particular people I can call on for a project. I am just one person. But we are all ants on a giant ant hill and there are lots of people (other ants) who will always help work towards a goal as long as you can provide clear set goals, how you plan on accomplishing it, and a set timeline....we can do anything as long as we work together. All we need to do is reach out to our community for help and it will come.

  • Audrey Bellis

    I absolutely commit to this and more. I currently sit on the advisory board to Catholic Charities LA- San Pedro Region, and just joined the Emerging Leaders with United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Volunteering and committing time out of each week to my community has not only been fulfilling mentally/spiritually, but it has been eye opening, humbling, and brought a sense of community in my life with a group of the most impressive people I have ever known. It's a commitment to live/work/play/support/ and regrow our community not just as a "neighborhood" but to support our neighbors in compassionate ways as people.

  • bittin duggan

    Wow what a few amazing weeks and days!
    The 2013 Point in Time Homeless Person's Count
    - We did it!
    ORCCA, Neighbors in Need Coalition, Occupy Southern Oregon Coast, am amazing volunteers - community members (working at businesses, living in homes, under bridges, in shelters and with friend...and more).
    United we are together - Namaste, B
    It is only going to get better for all of us.
    We'll start planning 6 months in advance......exhausted - grateful - inspired

  • Renee Hill

    I currently serve our community as an Alzheimer's facilitator. There is much need and little help. Visit the Alzheimer's organization for more information. You don't have to do it alone!

  • Ross Meredith

    This is the group I have been involved with the past couple months. I have completed two events and look forward to doing more year-round. The website is currently under construction; however, the page has links to Facebook pages.