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November 2010: Make this a Thankful Holiday!

        This month we focus on philanthropy. 

http://www.pointsoflight.org/press-releases/tag-you%E2%80%99re-it

There are three major networks listed on the website above but many others should you care to explore more.  Here are highlights regarding the largest network of volunteering:

 

            Annually, HandsOn Network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at $626 million.

 

 

Atlanta (October 27, 2010) - The world's largest game of virtual tag launches today on gethandson.com, harnessing the power of social networks to inspire people to create positive change in their communities. HandsOn Network has created the game, which includes more than $25,000 in cash awards for top-tagging participants and their favorite charities.

Tag is part of the Get HandsOn campaign, a national call to action and multi-year effort to solve the nation's urgent challenges in education, the environment, the economy, and emergency response. The campaign aims to mobilize 500,000 volunteer leaders over three years who will in turn organize their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to undertake 2 million projects that will create measurable impact in their communities.

 

There are other things allied with philanthropic ideals that we can focus on as well.

November 22-28 (Thanksgiving Week) is National Family Week.  Make November 2010 the month that you reach out with your families as volunteers, as educators, as caregivers.  Choose one thing your family can do - help clean up a local road of debris; visit a hospice and distribute homemade gifts.

It's good to be kind!  World Kindness Day is November 13th and that entire week is all about random acts of kind offerings.  Go to http://www.actsofkindness.org for more information.

We must remain thankful and thoughtful even in tough times.  Elections bring politicians who may come and go over time, with policy swinging from left to right to middle and back.  But we, the people, remain free to be good to one another always, in our pursuits of life, liberty and happiness.