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.
What inspires you to volunteer?