Tips to make volunteering a New Year's resolution


Volunteering is in fashion around the holidays but many abandon it at year's end. And while it completely upended my professional life, I will owe my future career as a doctor to being a volunteer. Not everyone will change their profession as I did, but the power of volunteering is very real.

Still, oftentimes, the greatest barrier to being a volunteer is incorporating an activity into daily routines. A few of my favorite tips follow:

  • Make volunteering a family activity and incorporate it as a monthly outing like a movie night.
  • Swap a weekly workout with a volunteer activity.
  • Take on small projects that can be done at your own pace from home, like assembling care packages for women's shelters or homeless shelters.
  • Pair things you love to do with ways to help others: if you love technology, teach iPhone 101 at a senior center READ MORE AT SUN CITY WEST INDEPENDENT
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