FLORIDA TODAY EDGE Blog: Helping Others, Helping the Community

Posted by on Monday, September 12th, 2016 and is filed under .

anne-headshot-2-1As a single mother of three daughters, I have to admit my energy and enthusiasm for taking on any more responsibilities is at absolute zero. But, there’s a core of nonprofits in Brevard County doing important work who are dependent on overworked people like yourselves to pitch in every once in awhile. I know this, because I run one of those nonprofits.

Junior Achievement is 100 percent dependent on volunteers teaching JA’s programs in K-12 classrooms. Other volunteer-dependent nonprofits include Rolling Readers, United Way, Aging Matters, Take Stock in Children, and Keep Brevard Beautiful.

So here I sit, exhausted after a long weekend, dreaming of a clean desk and a light to-do list, trying to write an article to convince you, an equally good but equally tired person, that you should give up some of your free time and limited energy to volunteer.

Forbes recently published an article on the benefits of volunteering. It claims that volunteering makes you feel like you have more time, helps you develop new skills, helps you have a healthier body, and encourages you to feel more love…

This is a condensed excerpt of this week’s weVENTURE FLORIDA TODAY EDGE column brought to you by Junior Achievement Center of the Space Coast President Anne Conroy-Baiter. To finish reading the article, please click here.