The anniversary of 9/11 is emerging as a day of remembrance and service. If you thought that you are too busy to volunteer or you don't know where to find an organization that will embrace the weekend good samaritan, you are not alone. I have two excellent examples of organizations that can help people who wish to donate their time in community service on 9/11.
I recently connected with Tara Smith, the Executive Director of Seattle Works. Seattle Works is a nonprofit organization that connects volunteers, develops emerging leaders and inspires dialog. Their Hot Projects program ise designed for even the busiest individuals. These one-time commitments, led by fellow Seattle Works volunteers, allow individuals to give back without any long-term obligation. For some people, they are a great way to plug in when and where they can. For others, they are a great first step to getting more involved and making volunteerism a bigger part of their lives.
Seattle Works offers at least two to three Hot Projects every week. Interested individuals should go to the Hot Projects calendar and sign up online. They will receive a confirmation and directions to the project via email when they sign up. Here’s the link to our Hot Projects calendar: http://tinyurl.com/HotProjSept10, or go to www.seattleworks.org and follow the link to Hot Projects.
The second recommendation is Habitat for Humanity. On Saturday 9/11 Habitat for Humanity is offering an orientation for would be volunteers at the Tacoma South King Co Habitat for Humanity. The forum offers perspective volunteers an opportunity to learn about Habitat for Humanity and to register to volunteer. (This is a fantastic way to learn first hand almost every conceivable and useful home building technique.) Habitat for Humanity's vision is to build and foster a community where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live and where poverty housing is unacceptable. They have helped thousands of families afford quality homes. For more information go to http://www.tpc-habitat.org/