“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, more than 2,000 volunteers across the country joined Allstate agents, employees and local communities in Allstate’s third annual Give Back Day. This day celebrates the legacy and work of Dr. King, by encouraging individuals to follow his examples of giving back to the community.
Allstate hosted service projects in Chicago, partnering with nonprofits to address social needs on a local level. A coworker and I volunteered with a teacher at CPS Cameron Elementary in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. We helped organize books and clean the teacher’s classroom as there is not enough time allocated for her to accomplish these tasks while school is in session. While providing the teacher a much-needed service, my co-worker and I got to know each other better and had fun doing it.
Volunteer service is a way to make a difference in the lives of others by giving of yourself. It’s never too late to make a pledge to give back by volunteering in your community.
Always thought about volunteering in your community but not quite sure where to start? Well, help is at hand. While there are many ways to find volunteer opportunities available to you, I encourage you to visit one of the following resources:
VolunteerMatch is an online search engine promoting volunteerism and civic engagement by matching volunteers with charitable organizations and non-profits.
The Corporation for National and Community Service offers an online resource through United We Serve for individuals to find volunteer opportunities in their community as well creating their own opportunities.
One Brick brings volunteers together to support other non-profit organizations by adopting a twist to the volunteer experience: they create a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each volunteer event, volunteers to gather where they can get to know one another in a relaxed social setting.
Get involved. Give Back. Volunteer today and inspire others to do the same.