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12 in 2012- In it to give it?

What is “12 in 2012” you ask?

It’s simple.

Donate one hour per month of your time to volunteer for a local organization in your area. 1 hour per month; 12 hours of service in 2012. Simple, easy, life changing. We can all start a ripple that becomes a wave. Join me for the challenge and make 2012 the year to volunteer! You can choose one place and volunteer 12 times or pick several and spread yourself around.

If you made a resolution to lose weight, consider walking to your volunteer site if possible. Or volunteer somewhere you can be active and get some exercise while you help out.

If you made a resolution to spend more time with family, then multiply your 12 in 2012 contribution by using  volunteering as a family event.

If you resolved to be kinder, nicer or a better person, what better way to start than by volunteering for others?

And hey, even if you resolved to quit smoking, cursing or some other negative habit- this is one time per month where you know you won’t be able to do those things AND you’ll have something to keep your mind off of it.

If you already make a resolution to become more involved in the community or helping others, here you go. You’ll be part of something bigger, working with others who are part of the same mindset.

Whatever makes this work for you, let’s all be in it to give it this year!

I started the idea for this resolution on the nonprofit news show, Unsung. I volunteer to cover nonprofit events and stories that are sometimes featured on the show, but this was the first episode that placed our team in studio, all at the same time. Joe Wos from Toonseum graciously hosted us and we had a great time putting it together and being together for the Unsung holiday episode. Many other resolutions from locals and nonprofit’s are shared on the episode. View Unsung 18 and other community driven contributions on Pittsburgh On Video or watch the episode right here.

Let me know if you decide to jump on board. Stop back and share your volunteer stories here and tell everyone where you go and how it goes. There just might be a reward at the end of 2012 for the person who shares all 12 in 2012 volunteer experiences 😉

Simply Put- Be part of the year to volunteer and give 12 in 2012!

  1. January 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    The Pittsburgh Foundation is in need of our blogger support. Here’s another hour for your February 12 in 2012. Check it off the list and help them out:
    from their Tweet:
    via @PittsburghFdn Looking for bloggers that want to help us make a big splash for ALS project in early Feb. DM me if interested.

    So, follow @PittsburghFdn and give them a quick breath to follow you back so you can DM and use your impeccable, quirky, talented, enthusiastic, and/or massive blogging skills to help them out.

  2. January 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    We are always interested in new volunteers with The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project. We need folks to commit to regularly collect tote bags from our drop-off spots, set up new drop-of spots and organize tote bag drives year round. Pick a month, we’ll help you come up with a theme and launch a tote bag drive at your workplace or community group – even as “admission” for an event/family reunion/etc. In fact we are having a casual volunteer orientation Sunday January 15 … 2 pm at Crazy Mocha on the Northside!

  3. January 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Keep your chin up. i volunteer once a month for a few hours. Just because people dont seem to be responding, you can smile knowing that you are doing good!

  4. January 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    If you want to give a little more than 12 in 2012, you can be a 6th grade mentor for 45 minutes per week. http://www.bea6thgradementor.org/#about

    If anyone is actually reading the comments, is it worth my putting the effort into a FB page to post the opportunities I find and organize this little project? Looking for feedback.

  5. January 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has a schedule of volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/7kffsc3

  6. January 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Armstrong County (PA) Food Bank is in desperate need of volunteers. Read here for info on times and contact info: http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/foodpartnership/?p=729

  7. Mel
    January 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    I volunteer at the Humane Society. You can sign up to be a dog walker, cat cuddler or bunny buddy (I’m on cat duty!), which only requires an online quiz and on-site orientation to be involved. The organization only asks for two hours of your time per week for six months.

    Spending just a little bit of time with these animals helps to socialize them — and the love, treats and attention from volunteers like me is a happy bonus. I find it incredibly rewarding as a volunteer, knowing that their sad and scary days in the shelter are made a little bit better by human interaction. And I got all the lap cuddles and purrs to prove it. 😉

  8. January 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Okay, so I just posted a comment for you guys with an idea for January’s hour of the 12 in 2012- In it to give it?
    How about a really fun one in February? My buddy and Unsung host, Anthony Walker- @chachisays on Twitter, does a cool fundraiser for kids called Chachi Plays for Kids. Gamers and comic lovers- He’s doing Chachi Plays at the Toonseum in February and if you make a donation of $50 or win the auction a time slot, you can play against him for an hour and try to beat him in the game of your choice during his 24 hour gaming marathon.
    More info here: http://sorgatronmedia.com/chachiplays/

    Anyone else have volunteer ideas for 12 in 2012? Please share.

  9. January 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Here’s one for you ‘almost thinking about doing this’ readers: Just Harvest is seeking volunteers. There’s an orientation this Saturday (7th). I’ve done stories with them before and can tell you they are good people to be around, doing good work.
    More info here: http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6e6d9e1b42eebe4a75c8154d5&id=b1c381293c&e=%5BUNIQID%5D

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