Volunteering in America

Volunteer at your local pet shelter. The need is staggering and the rewards can change (and save) lives.

 

Volunteering and Civic Life In America

Volunteering and Civic Life in America, a report issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, shows that Americans significantly increased their commitment to volunteering and civic engagement in 2011, with the national volunteer rate reaching a five-year high.

The report also finds that parents of school-aged children contributed more than 2.5 billion hours of their time to volunteer efforts in 2011, most of it to school-based projects, underscoring the pivotal role that schools play as hubs for local volunteer efforts.

Overall, 64.3 million Americans (more than one in four adults) volunteered through a formal organization last year, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010. The 7.9 billion hours these individuals volunteered is valued at $171 billion. Among citizens who volunteered through an organization, the top activities included fundraising or selling items to raise money (26.2%); collecting, preparing, distributing, or serving food (23.6%); engaging in general labor or transportation (20.3%); or tutoring or teaching (18.2%).

The data for this report was collected through two supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS): the Volunteer Supplement and the Civic Engagement Supplement. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau on behalf of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The selected supplements collect data on the volunteering, voting, and civic activities of adults age 16 and older for volunteering and 18 and older for the civic supplement. Volunteers are considered individuals who performed unpaid volunteer activities through or for an organization at any point during the 12-month period (from September 1st of the prior year through the survey week in September of the survey year).

Volunteering and Civic Life in America provides an opportunity for policy makers, nonprofit and business leaders, and interested individuals to interact with their local data and access analysis on volunteering trends across the country. The site also hosts tools and effective practices designed to help local leaders target volunteer recruiting efforts more effectively, match local programs with available volunteer resources, fill service gaps, and do a better job of retaining their volunteers.

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If you live in a winter climate like I do, you’re finding yourself stuck with indoor activities right now, so I’m going to name ten things I enjoy doing for little or no cost in the winter.These are all things that I fill my time with indoors, and each of them has little or no cost.

I don’t expect you’ll enjoy all of these. Instead, I suggest reading all of these and trying one or two of them (or more, if you like). Everyone is different and everyone has different passions.

Play a board or card game
First of all, if you associate board games and card games with endless, boring games of Monopoly from your youth, you’re missing out. Monopoly was first published in an early version in 1910. Comparing Monopoly to a modern board game is like comparing a Model T to a Lexus.

Try playing a more modern board game, like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. Look for a local hobby shop in your area and ask for a demonstration of the game if you don’t have access to a copy, just to see if you enjoy it. Board games can make for a great holiday gift.

If nothing else, a standard $1 deck of playing cards can provide lots and lots of gaming. You can play poker, euchre, pitch, bridge, rummy… the list goes on and on. There are also many, many solitaire games to play.

Read (or re-read) a book
My shelves have quite a few great unread books sitting on them, right next to a big pile of some of the greatest books I’ve ever read. There are few better ways to burn a few hours than to read a great book.

If you don’t have any books available to you, visit your local library. There are thousands upon thousands of books available there for free borrowing.

I could list hundreds of books that I’ve enjoyed over the years. The key, though, is to find something you enjoy, whether it’s something challenging or a complete page-turner. READ MORE> http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Simple-Dollar/2011/1202/Ten-free-winter-activities

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Photography is one of the hobbies that people can pick up and learn fairly easily. Some people have the impression that there is a trick to taking great pictures. There are some different elements you need to consider in order to both enjoy photography as a hobby, and take great pictures. The fact is, with a little knowledge and some practice, wonderful pictures are a click away. There is nothing more enjoyable than capturing pictures of wonderful moments and images and sharing them with others.

In order to pursue photography as a hobby, you first need to learn some of the techniques and skills associated with it. You need to gather the different materials needed as well. Some suggestions for people who are starting photography as hobby include:

* Familiarize yourself with topics that interest you so that you understand the topic you wish to photograph

* Consider investing in either an automatic focus camera, or a self-focusing SLR camera.

* For people who choose nature as a subject of their photography, it is important to consider the location of the pictures they take. Making sure the sun will not affect the picture in undesired ways, and positioning yourself behind the sun so that the light will create clearer shots is important.

* When you first start taking pictures, you may want to practice by taking pictures around your own home. You may even take great pictures of unplanned or unexpected moments!

* You may wish to use a tripod in order to achieve pictures that are steady, and you can produce great images when you use the right angles! Paying attention to the shape, position, and size of the subject you are photographing is important as well.

* In the absence of sunlight, artificial light may be needed. The camera you are using may have a flash, but sometimes the light from it may not be enough to create a clear image.

Citation: Disabled World News – Photography is a hobby people can learn fairly easily especially with our tips and tricks for taking great photos and pictures: http://www.disabled-world.com/entertainment/hobby/photography/#ixzz26x75NskB

http://www.disabled-world.com/entertainment/hobby/photography/

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Music and singing are among the world’s most popular hobbies.

 

If you want to know about instruments that are commonly used in many places worldwide, according to some surveys, the ten most popular are the piano, the guitar, the violin, the viola, the cello, the electric guitar, drums, the flute, the clarinet, and the piccolo.

One reason the piano may be so popular is it works so well with a variety of musical genres. Experts use if for country, rock, pop, jazz, and classical. You may even have a favorite player who does your kind of music on the piano. A good player can play several chords in harmony, creating a pleasing sound. Because a player only has to use his or her fingers, and occasionally a foot, is not as tiring as some other instruments. For instance, one may tire more quickly playing a trumpet.

Guitars are also very popular, with the instrument being more recognized than any other in some areas of the United States and Western Europe. As with a piano, a guitar is used by those who want to play many types of music including country, blues, folk, rock, mariachi, tejano, and others. Another reason for the popularity a guitar may be that a novice can learn to play many chords in only hours. There are also many kinds of sounds one can play including loud, soft, harsh, loud, and tender.

http://www.callistomusica.com/2011/09/26/most-popular-musical-instruments/

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Some hobbies can provide a good source of income during these challenging times.

 

There are a variety of hobby ideas that are more enjoyable and creative to keep one′s mind and hands busy. Hobby activities stimulate people to think in an unusual way for creating various products. Hobbies are the ones that keep you busy; they are enjoyable and bring in the harmony of happiness and self contention. Hobby ideas differ from one person to another depending on their interest and lifestyle that keeps them connected with some valuable leisure time. They are more specific based on the individual, as hobby ideas differ for children, women, men and couples together.

http://www.hobbyarchive.com/

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