It's summer in the northern hemisphere and for many that means weddings and vacations. Journeys for Good, a site devoted to volunteer vacationing, or voluntourism, just shared the experiences of Jane and Travis, newlyweds who decided to spend their honeymoon helping out on a wildlife reserve in Brazil.
“Volunteer with us and you’ll have MORE time on your hands!” “Give us 30 minutes and get an hour in return.” Leaders of volunteers and volunteer programs may start using these types of lines to recruit new volunteers after they read the Association for Psychological Science’s July 12, 2012 press release entitled “Giving Time Can Give You Time.” A new research study may prove that people who spend their limited time on others -- even when they feel what the researchers call a sense of "time famine" -- may actually increase their sense of “time affluence.”
On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, VolunteerSpot launched a “Tiny Cars” campaign to fight for support of H.R. 387: Charitable Driving Tax Relief Act of 2011. Passage would mean an increase of the measly $.14 per mile tax deduction rate for charitable driving unchanged by the U.S. Congress since 1997. That’s compared to the 50 cents per mile deduction for business use of a personal vehicle in 2011. And the new bill would also no longer count such reimbursement to volunteers as gross income.
2 January: On December 20th, the Corporation for National and Community Service released “My American Story,” a series of television public service announcements that feature ordinary Americans who are tackling problems in their communities through volunteering. From an Iraqi war veteran who serves with AmeriCorps helping fellow soldiers readjust to civilian life, to an RSVP volunteer who uses his life experience to help youth on probation; the spots show the power of people to improve lives and strengthen communities. Visit Serve.gov to watch the videos (there are also tips to help you get your local television stations to air the PSAs).