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Volunteer Work, Part II

Hello, Work Life Friends! Can you believe we are about halfway through 2017?! I've been feeling very sad lately, since I heard the news that one of my favorite artists, Chris Cornell, passed. My heart and prayers are with his family and friends.

This post focuses on volunteer work, but from a different angle than last year. In my 2016 post, I discussed how to incorporate volunteer work into our busy lives. This year, I'm thinking more about what our activities do to assist people in moving forward to a place where they can better help themselves. I had to ask myself how, and if, my volunteer activities are breaking cycles of poverty, abuse, and other issues. Sort of a "Hand Up, not a Hand Out" way of working. Handouts are needed to help people get to a place where they can help themselves, but at what point should I expect organizations to "release" or discharge the people they serve? Should I even have that expectation? As always, I appreciate your thoughts…
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Work Life 2016 Recap: Rebecca’s Heroes

Happy 2017, Work Life friends! I am happy to share the complete list of my 2016 Heroes. As you know, at the end of each post, I mention a charitable organization, a business, or some type of helping and healing initiative that has captured my attention. Giving back is very important to all of us. Whether it be with our time, finances, or both, there are so many ways that we can help. Sometimes, people just need a smile, and a hug. I hope this list inspires you, as we start a new year. To read my thoughts about each hero, and why I chose them, please visit the related post. Cheers!

The Afghan Connection 1.8.16
The Parkinson’s Outreach Association 1.16.16
The Sonder Project 1.23.16
TMH Animal Therapy Program 2.6.16
Krochet Kids 2.24.16
Project Left Behind 3.12.16
Havana Christmas Tree Farm 5.14.16
CARE 5.23.16
St.Pete Road Runners 5.25.16
Ability First 6.16.16
Gadsden Community Health Council 6.12.16
Career Gear 7.8.16
Dress for Success 7.8.16
Seamore’s 7.8.16
Equality Florida 7.30.16
Amazon Smile 7.3…

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