Ed Igoe writes in to tell us about a way to help people while helping yourself (if your single):
There are, scattered around The United States, a group of organizations who have found a win-win-win situation. They are the Single Volunteers.
These groups act as a loose liason between single (as in unmarried) adults and organizations in need of volunteers to run events like charity walks, public television fund drives, and community events. They have no operating budget, no elected officers, and no offices. Volunteers pay nothing to join or participate. Their administration exist strictly in cyberspace. Volunteers check a web page (edited by a volunteer) and send e-mail to a (volunteer) team leader to sign up for events.
Win #1: The single adults get to work alongside other single adults.
Win #2: Events get staffed with free helpers.
Win #3: Charities benefit from the free help and events.
This is definitely one area where the news is good. People working for others. The web page I list above is just one of the “SV” (Single Volunteers) groups, this on being based in the Baltimore/Annapolis area of Maryland.