I believe in the Margaret Mead quote,
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."I am reminded that I need to figure out a meaningful way for my family to volunteer.
Here are a few of the resources I'm using in case anyone else is
Charity Guide offers suggestions for making a difference by volunteering for just 15 minutes, a few hours or even on vacation.
Volunteermatch can find opportunities for you if you search on your own zip code.
Another good place to search is Idealist.
Visit Hands On Network for a list of local volunteer organizations that plan and manage hundreds of volunteer opportunities every month and all year long. They have family / kid friendly volunteer opportunities and a whole host of holiday projects.
You can also look up your local volunteer center here.
If you see an unmet need in your community, you can take on-line training on how to plan and lead your own project and recruit volunteers to help you here.
Want to travel? Find out how to help rebuild in the Gulf Coast (Biloxi or New Orleans) here.
Liv is organizing holiday packages for soldiers in Iraq. To find out how to help, click here.
To read stories that will inspire you, try this book.
Have other good ideas? Leave them in the comments for me.