Volunteering from your homeland

Like most of us involved with Achieve in Africa, I’m not always assured that I can make a direct difference in the lives of children thousands of miles away.  Yes, editing AIA’s videos does help spread the organization’s goals, yet I can’t help but feel that it’s not enough.  It was recently National Volunteer Week and other AIA members have discussed other ways to get involved that don’t always require donations.

The people who work in human resources at my company are extremely dedicated to a variety of causes.  Bringing AIA to their attention will not only present opportunities for fundraising, but also educate and bring about awareness throughout the company and other associates.  You can do the same wherever you work, or just with your friends.

Facebook and Twitter are some of the best resources around.  Just “liking” AIA’s Facebook page can help spread the word.

Don’t limit your volunteering just because it was national volunteer week.  Seek out any sort of local causes that you can get involved in.  I recently found an animal shelter nearby that is one of the largest no-kill shelters in the Los Angeles area, and I can’t wait to work with them every weekend.

I love working with Achieve in Africa and creating content that can easily be shared online and throughout the world.  AIA is a fantastic organization and I encourage all to get involved either with us, or another non-profit near you.

Ryan Urban

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