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"Any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
- Mahatma Gandhi



The sharing cycle.

Adding your effort together with others can make everyone's lives better:

While you may find immediate gains (such as protecting yours and others homes in a neighborhood watch), the fact is most everyone can use a little assistance at some point in their lives.

We all get older, have health problems sometimes, or may experience a variety of setbacks from time to time. So today you offer assistance, and tomorrow you receive it. Isn't it wonderful your giving can come back "recycled" as receiving later?

The bottom line:

Wanting to help others IS important, but it's also OK to want more for yourself from volunteering. Realize that your motivation to help today may not be the reason why you keep helping: It's a compelling experience when your talents are appreciated because your accomplishments are making a difference in people's lives - there's nothing else quite like it.

For example, during the 1998 Paint-A-Thon an ADC volunteer noted that "An elderly couple were both waiting to be released from the hospital while we painted their house." Imagine these were people you knew and cared about. Wouldn't it feel great knowing a group of people was helping them if you couldn't be there? And wouldn't you feel good knowing that people would be there if you needed help?

Become part of the sharing cycle, and find out where you can make a difference in our community.

Discover how your skills and talents can benefit others, and search for volunteer activities which match your interests, availability, and geographic preferences.

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