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Raleigh Acts of Kindness Offers Volunteer Opportunities

by Judy Liu, MPH H

ave you considered taking part in local volunteer efforts? Raleigh Acts of Kindness held their first event in Decem- ber, 2016 and some 25 volunteers participated in their organized events in 2017. Raleigh Acts of Kindness brings

together the joy of volunteering and the fun of learning and exploring thought provoking and inspiring ideas from ancient civilizations. From walking for autism, making Christmas cards for young patients, baking chocolate chip cookies for families at the Ronald McDonald House, to learning about the ethical foundations of volunteering and the common message of “a better world begins with a better human being,” the goal of Raleigh Acts of Kindness is to promote culture and volunteering as integral activities of a full life. One example of their volunteer projects is Pen Pals and the Joy of

Writing. Te goal is to assemble kits that include cards that volunteers have previously decorated by designing a card frame, so children and families can decorate and handwrite a thank you note to someone who has made their day special. Te Beading Buds project focuses on assembling friendship bracelet

kits for hospitalized children or for young siblings who wait patiently for the recovery of a loved one. Beading can improve fine motor skills, finger strength and eye-hand coordination. It can prolong attention span, spark imagination and bring a sense of accomplishment and emotional well-being. Raleigh Acts of Kindness focuses on activities that allow children to

experience the “joy of giving.” Tiffany Long, a WakeMed House Man- ager, tells the story of a sweet 5-year-old girl who made the bracelet for her twin sister since she couldn’t come visit her in the hospital. “When I leſt her room, she and her mom were smiling ear to ear!” It is stories like this that keep inspiring Liz Warren and her team of volunteers to contin- ue promoting Volunteering and Culture as important parts of life. Volunteer opportunities are available for participants who are 18

years old and up. Some volunteers participate weekly in Read and Vol- unteer nights, while others participate in single volunteer events.


n addition to the volunteer activities, Raleigh Acts of Kindness offers the hands-on, fun workshop,

“Ethics, Meaning and Value of Volunteering” to help people become better volunteers. Participants in the course discover different civilizations and how our ancestors expressed timeless human values such as compassion, altruism and solidarity. A few of the topics covered are: • Te many different types of generosity • Karma-Yoga from Ancient India • Compassion as it is presented in the Book of the Golden Precepts from Tibet

• Altruism in the teachings of the Buddha • Plato’s view of the human being and community

Te class meets at the Cameron Village Regional Library.

A Friendship Bracelet Kits Craſt Making and Craſt Assemble Event will be held August 26, 2018 at 1:30pm. In addition to making friendship bracelets, participants will work together to assem- ble craſt kits for the WakeMed Ronald McDonald House. Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link on the website

A Read and Volunteer Night to put together craſt kits for hospitalized children will be held August 26, 2018 at 7pm. Te event will take place at Cam- eron Village Library. Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link on the website

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