Think back about …

Volunteering

Volunteering can take many forms for helping the community, from serving as a scout leader or on the PTA, to serving soup to the hungry. Whether working with national organizations or next-door neighbors, volunteers are critical to maintaining a healthy society. Think back … what have been your or your loved ones’ most meaningful volunteering experiences? How has volunteering changed since years past? Is volunteering still valued today? Share your volunteering stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Featured Story

We have no problems, mon. Only situations.
I found myself talking during naptime one day to Rosita, the Urban Court staffer whose job was to conduct outreach for the [...]

Readers’ Choice

Harvardiana
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My experiences volunteering for Harvard. Word count: 1636. Coincidence? I think not!
Learning Helping and a Job By Volunteering
Experiences in volunteering in, especially in youth soccer and Kiwanis.
My Time as a Volunteer in the Back of the Pirate Supply Store
As the story goes, the property on Valencia Street was zoned for retail. But the new tenants wanted to open a tutoring [...]
My Journey to Rwanda
Monday, June 9, 2008. Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. I awake early and hear my hostess Shirley Randell swimming in her pool. [...]
Elephants and Libraries for Oakland
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The White Elephant Sale raises dollars in the millions for the museum and provides items for people in the community ...
What Volunteering Taught Me
I learned the most from my years of volunteering at a well-run school under the leadership of the man who became my mentor, [...]
Figuratively Speaking
For some reason I just got it in my head that by sharing my love of language, I might inspire the kids to enjoy it in turn.
The “Duty” of Volunteerism
Too often, I see a new prompt and my first reaction is, in effect, “I got nothin’.” Then I somehow cobble [...]
Giving Back
I have done a lot of volunteer work in the last 32 years, since retiring from paid employment. I divide that work into two [...]
Good Causes
When we moved to Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood in the mid-1970s I was a young mother on maternity leave at home with a [...]

New Stories on Old Prompts

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Past Stories You May Have Missed

Tell her George Called, George Takei
I am from the TV generation of the 1960s and 1970s. I searched for Asian faces in the actors and actresses of the time [...]
Prompted By What We Watched
February 22, 2016
Book -ish
"...at some point my mother, observing my compulsive reading, suggested that quality, not quantity, might make me a happier [...]
Prompted By Libraries
April 26, 2018

Think back about …

Volunteering

Volunteering can take many forms for helping the community, from serving as a scout leader or on the PTA, to serving soup to the hungry. Whether working with national organizations or next-door neighbors, volunteers are critical to maintaining a healthy society. Think back … what have been your or your loved ones’ most meaningful volunteering experiences? How has volunteering changed since years past? Is volunteering still valued today? Share your volunteering stories forward.

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