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Get Involved : Volunteer for a Cause

A picture from my trip to East Africa in 2007.

In 2007, my family began the yearlong process to adopt my little brother and sister from Ethiopia. For Thanksgiving, we took a trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet my siblings, planning to return when the court proceedings were completed. At that time I promised my sister that I would come back for a visit as soon as possible.

In January 2008, I returned to Ethiopia with my friend Lyla. We spent our time there volunteering at a children’s orphanage, home to about 150 babies and children. We had an incredible time and our days were full: we played sports, made friendship bracelets, answered questions about life in America, took silly photos, and held and fed babies.

When searching for a cause, it is important to find a cause you are passionate about. When selecting a volunteer opportunity, it is important to find something you enjoy doing. When identifying a volunteer position consider how it works with your schedule. Volunteering is incredibly rewarding and can easily become part of your life each week.

There are many great volunteer opportunities with children (throughout the US) including: 826 NationalCASA, and Girls Inc.

What inspires you to volunteer?

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