It’s National Volunteer Week! How are you going to give back?

According to the 2012 Census, about a quarter of Americans volunteer, and those individuals spent a median of 50 hours in selfless service each year. In addition to helping their communities, those that volunteer tend to be healthier and happier than their peers. National Volunteer Week, established in 1974 to celebrate volunteerism of all kinds, is a great time to recognize those around you who donate their time to the community and get involved yourself.

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Volunteering: good for others, good for you.

At 20K, we try to give back as often as we can. Our founder and vice president have been lifelong advocates for both local and global communities. Some of the Houston-based organizations they’ve donated their time to are: Houston Downtown Alliance - Houston Downtown Alliance is dedicated to promoting a vital Downtown Houston. Discovery Green - This not-for-profit park provides a beautiful green space in the heart of Houston and also serves as a venue for local artists and performers. AIDS Foundation Houston - Texas’s first organization dedicated to HIV prevention education and services has grown into an agency that provides multifaceted help to HIV positive men, women and children. League of Women Voters Houston - This nonpartisan organization encourages informed and active participation of ALL citizens in government. Inspired yet? Whether you’re a current volunteer or just looking for the right place to donate your time, here are some helpful resources to help find your niche: Volunteer Houston - Volunteer Houston has been Houston’s sole volunteer referral service for more than 35 years. Their database allows potential volunteers to search for opportunities by date, location and keywords that pique an interest. To wrap up National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Houston will be hosting an Agency and Volunteer Fair at the Houston Food Bank for those interested in learning more about the agencies that serve our community. United We Serve - President Obama’s service initiative provides “toolkits” for those looking to develop their own projects or connect with existing volunteer organizations in their community through a nationwide database.  United We Serve has partnered with All For Good, a Points of Light service, and Global Youth Service Day to encourage all Americans to contribute to their nation’s growth and renewal.

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