The average life expectancy has grown by 30 years in some areas of the world. All sorts of factors contribute to long lives; but more and more, we are learning that volunteering contributes to a healthy and independent lifestyle no matter what our age, but especially for older adults.
Not all donations have to be monetary. Next time you get in the cleaning mood, box up your used items and drop them off at a local thrift store. Most resale shops are run by unpaid volunteers and the profits go to a charitable organization. Your unwanted items might help fund dinner at a soup kitchen, tutoring for school children, or college classes for a single parent.
Yesterday, I had the chance to go into my son’s room to declutter, since he was visiting his grandparents. He is starting school soon, and there are probably clothes that are too small and games that we can donate, just to make a little room for some new stuff.
I had the honor of volunteering with my church last week for the Welcome Home Initiative (a retreat for military veterans and their immediate families; who served their country in combat and are suffering from varying degrees of post-traumatic stress). What an amazing event!
Can you believe it’s already that time of year again? School supplies have hit the shelves in local stores, and just in time for the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s annual BOXED FOR SUCCESS school supply drive organized by Youth United (a group of local high school students working to further the mission of the Town of Palm Beach United Way).
YOUTH UNITED (pictured at right): Mickie Agnello, Jillian Conforti, Grace O’Connell, Alexa Cabrera, Logan Steele, Freddie ’Donnell
Currently, there are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking around the world. Human trafficking affects every corner of the earth, from rural to urban areas, regardless of a nation’s wealth – and yes, even in the United States of America.
BRUSH, FLOSS, SWISH, REPEAT.
Many of us, if you are like me, dread going to the dentist, so much that I looked into sedation dentistry. Oh, the high-pitched ZZZZZZ of the drill, the uncomfortable feeling trying to keep my mouth open so they can drill my teeth and tell me I can do a better job flossing.