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Have you ever had one of those days where everything went wrong, where you just felt so exhausted and helpless like you can’t get anything to go right, but then someone made a small gesture that made you smile? A gesture that probably didn’t take much effort or planning. A gesture that happens in a quick moment, like when you accidentally drop your bag or your phone and someone else quickly picks it up for you. When you’re struggling to carry something and someone lends you a hand or even when you’re in a rush and a car stops to let you cross the street. It’s that gesture that made the tiny smile on your face grow and suddenly your day didn’t seem so bad. A gesture that even if wasn’t meant to, lifted your spirits and changed your mood.
As temperatures drop and frost or snow covers the ground, you might be thinking about how to take your volunteering to a warmer, cozier location. During the winter season, try out some meaningful volunteering opportunities that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Everyone knows today is International Good Deeds Day, the ever-growing day dedicated to doing good deeds. But did you know it originated in Israel? From its first steps in 2007 to the biggest celebration so far in 2017, read more about how Israel celebrates Good Deeds Day.
In today’s society, not everyone has the resources to dedicate to volunteering. Although some don’t like to volunteer, for many, it’s a way of life. Volunteering benefits local and global communities, and can even help you find new friends, learn new skills, and advance your career.
Dogs make wonderful, lifelong companions. Seeing a puppy walking down the street is an instant mood lifter! If you can’t adopt a furry friend yourself but still want to volunteer with one, we have some ideas for you! Here are 5 fun ways you can volunteer with man’s best friend.
Rebeca Piña, originally from Mexico, has dreamed of coming to Israel for years. She was finally able to make her dream a reality when she found a hosting family on WWOOF, a network of national organizations that facilitate placement of volunteers on organic farms. Read about her amazing experience volunteering on the farm.
While no one can deny the internet is a huge part of our daily life, it’s also one of the best tools to spread positive messages, keep up to date with your favorite NGOs, and even volunteer! Read on for some of our best tips on keeping the online space around you as positive as possible:
One of the most rewarding experiences Danielle had is volunteering abroad. She met amazing people, learned new things, and managed to make a real impact on people around her. Read about why you should volunteer abroad, as written on Danielle’s blog:
Jerusalem is truly a unique city. Its history, attractions, and global importance makes it the most visited city in Israel. It’s also one of the best cities to volunteer! Some of our most special opportunities are in Jerusalem, so now you can see the western wall AND take part in a project close to your heart. Read on for our favorite volunteering opportunities in Jerusalem
Giving back to your community is a gift that gives right back, and habits and viewpoints instilled at a young age are much more likely to stick with a person than those developed later in life. Because of this, it’s great for kids to get used to the idea of being involved in their community through volunteer work and other types of service. Such involvement encourages a generous spirit and helps kids understand that their world extends beyond their own nose.
Mark your calendars, because Good Deeds Day is soon to be upon us on April 10, 2016. As a day solely about making a positive impact, there are so many opportunities for everyone to spread the goodness in their own way. If you’re looking to be part of the global movement of doing good, here are three ways you can get involved.
We’re celebrating Good Deeds Day on March 15, which is in just 10 days! If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for a Good Deeds Day project in Israel, it’s not too late to take part. Outdoor events are a big part of our activities and they’re completely open to the public! Read on for the full list of what we have planned.
Good Deeds Day in Israel is coming up on March 15, 2016. We’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary with over a million participants, more than 14,000 projects all around the country, major outdoor volunteering events, free lectures, and many different ways to do good! Read on to discover which Good Deeds Day projects you can sign up for, and stay tuned to find out what big Good Deeds Day events we’re planning!
Chava Kandel’s volunteering story is truly amazing. Originally from the United States, Chava was looking for a meaningful volunteering opportunity after she moved to Israel. It was clear from the beginning that Chava and Sara’s connection is going to be special. Read on about Chava’s inspiring experience:
James Tenenbaum's special connection with Israel started in 2006. He recently returned for his third visit where he participated in a Masa Israel program, in which he taught English and computer skills in a Darfuri community center. In his free time, James also volunteered at Lasova, a soup kitchen in southern Tel Aviv.