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November 30, 2010

Posted by msbobbieg in Uncategorized.

The following post was published in the Eastern Echo Newspaper – Dec. 2008 as a way to inspire others to become givers and also as my way of giving back to the University that taught me so well.  Now, I would love to share it with you.  If you would just take a little time out of your life to think about and care for someone else – if we all did we could change the world  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.   God Bless  : )


Making A Difference All Year Long

    By: Bobbie Jones

            This is the season or should I say “Tis the season.”  We are right in the middle of the mad dash, the shop till you drop and spend all that you can for we only have so many shopping days till Christmas.

            But, wait I thought this was the year we were going to change our ways and be a little bit more responsible with our finances, that’s what I thought? Well, if that wasn’t our resolve it should be.

            With all the economic indicators predicting a very sluggish shopping season, I just thought maybe we could try something different and maybe make it a good year for all.

            There is no doubt that job layoffs are on the rise and in the coming months we are sure to see more of them and that means we will have a lot of people with some time on their hands.  With that being said I read that volunteerism is at an all time low and I for one know that their are a lot of people out there that could use some help so, lets put our spare time to good use.

            Now, I know when personal economic tragedy hits such as a work slow down or a layoff it’s hard for us to focus on anything else but ourselves and our own problems but we can step outside of ourselves and make a difference.

            When I heard that the automotive job bank requires their laid off workers to do volunteer work until they were call back for a job, I thought what a good idea.  This concept is helpful because it keeps workers active, it keeps workers minds functioning and most importantly it lets workers provide help to others that really need it.

            Wayne and Washtenaw counties are full of agencies and people that could use our help and not just once a year but all year long.  Even if you are not in the middle of an economic crisis you can still lend a helping hand.  For the college student volunteering is always a good idea for you and I say this for many reasons.

            As a college student you don’t have the added pressures for the most part that an older adult may have.  College students don’t have mortgages to worry about many don’t have children yet and most are still exploring their options about life.  So, volunteering provides a perfect vehicle to help others and maybe even find out what you are good at and what your strengths are.

            I always found it a great benefit to help others as much as I could and I found that even one day a week out of my schedule or even two was a great benefit to someone else and hopefully this will inspire you to find your volunteer niche so the giving can continue all year long.  

Here are just a few organizations that could use our help: 

–          Food Gathers 734-761-2796

–          Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels 734-487-9669

–          S O S Crisis Center 734-485-8730

And for those of you that are feeling a little more adventurous in your volunteering efforts you can contact the Peace Core at Pease Core. org and volunteer in another country.  Remember making a difference starts with one person, let that one person be you.



1. Bernardo - December 12, 2010

Hi Bobbie, I enjoyed your viewpoints and writing style… Bernardo

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