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Folkmoot USA http://www.folkmootusa.org/ is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer in our backyard, across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, it features performances, parades and workshops by more than 350 performers from a dozen or so countries.
Last night, we volunteered to help out in the kitchen for one of the "late-nighters"at Fokmoot. We arrived around 9:30pm, quickly jumping into the slicing and dicing and cooking as we waited for the performers to begin arriving back at the center around 11:00 pm. The representatives from the country of Romania were hosting the dinner and celebration and I learned the some of the many ways that you can use cabbage for an entree!
Back to Basics: Life is About People
I am teaching an online class on Fundraising and one of the critical points in finding and cultivating donors for your cause is to build relationships with people in the community. I have found volunteering to be an excellent method of meeting people and growing friendships. To inspire you to volunteer your time with a group that you would like to support, take a look at these quotes on volunteering.
Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.
Dr. Dorothy I. Height, president and CEO of the NCNW
One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.
Henry David Thoreau, poet, writer, philosopher
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The magnitude of our social problems will require that all citizens and institutions make a commitment to volunteering as a way of life and as a primary opportunity to create needed change.
George Romney, former Michigan governor
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.