During November and December there are a wealth of volunteer
opportunities for those looking to give back. From food, toy and clothing
drives to serving meals at soup kitchens, the options seem endless. Sterlingers rolled up their sleeves twice holiday season. Just before Thanksgiving a group of
us helped distribute food with Second Harvest Food Bank’s Family Harvest
program, which provides low-income families with groceries every month. And in
December we assembled nearly 100 health promotion kits for Glide Health
Services from supplies collected throughout the year. Not bad for a group our size.
In rolls 2010. Vacations are over and
everyone is back to work or school. Our schedules are packed with meetings,
kids, laundry, life and any free time we have is spent working on New Year’s
resolutions. The season of giving is over, right? Not so fast.
The compassion and generosity that drives us to give back
during the holidays doesn’t have to end when we toss out the tree and pack up
the decorations. There are tons of opportunities to help you get involved and even
achieve a personal goal or two.
Is getting organized a priority this year? Clean out
your closets and donate your gently used clothing (especially warm coats) to shelters like Raphael
House. Perhaps getting in shape tops your list of resolutions. Team In Training
is holding information meeting this month on upcoming events that support the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Or maybe your goal isn’t to climb a mountain or run a
marathon. You can still turn your New Year’s resolutions into a fundraising
goal for At The Crossroads. This fantastic organization reaches out to San Francisco’s homeless youth
and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy
fulfilling lives. ATC’s I Think I Can Campaign, which starts this month, works
like a walk-a-thon, but you don’t have to walk. You can pick any goal for
yourself: quit smoking, write poetry, play an open mic performance, learn a new
language, lose weight, you get the point. With a few clicks you can create a
website, get your friends and family to sponsor you and start working towards
your goal. It’s the ultimate motivator to stick to those New Year’s resolutions
that are so easily forgotten come February.
Even though the holidays are in the past the season of giving
isn’t, so keep those helping hands helping any way you can.
For more ways to get involved check out Sterling's Volunteer Guide.