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DealDash Presents Great Places to Volunteer

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Volunteering can be a great experience for the young or old. Here are some great suggestions of where you can help, from DealDash.

Volunteering is one of the best things that you can do to help out other people. Many people volunteer for different reasons, but most people volunteer to lend a helping hand.  If you have some extra time on your hands, you should consider volunteering. There are many places that you can volunteer. It all depends on what you like to do. A lot of people don’t know about all of the wonderful volunteer opportunities that are available. Here are the 3 best places to volunteer, from DealDash.

Food Pantries

Food pantries are one of the best places to volunteer.  As you might imagine, food banks can always use some help when it comes to feeding the needy. You can hand out hot meals, do fundraising, cooking or even data entry. Whatever you choose to do you will be making a difference in solving the issue of hunger.  Almost every hometown has a food bank, so it is easy to get started with volunteering at a food pantry. There often food pantries in churches. If you attend church, why not ask if they have a food pantry that they need people to volunteer in?

Animal Shelter

Local animal shelters need a lot of volunteers. Every day people bring in their unwanted pets.  You could be answering phone calls, feeding the animals, answering emails, and doing some administrative work. It is best to connect with a local animal shelter in your hometown to volunteer.

The local animal shelter is a great place to volunteer as a family, as well. If you have kids who love animals, why not volunteer on a regular basis to come walk dogs? It’s fun, helpful, and good exercise as well.

Libraries

Volunteering at your local library can be a rewarding experience. Many libraries have reading programs for kids such as a summer reading program.  You can be putting books back on the shelves, assisting patrons, and running events. Ask your library if they need any volunteers. It will look good on your resume.

If you have a school-aged child, you could also volunteer to work in their school library. This is how I choose to volunteer. Every Friday I spend an hour at my children’s school volunteering in the school library.

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Volunteering is a fun and easy task to do. These places are the best places to start when you want to volunteer your time. Remember to do some research in your local area on the volunteer opportunities that you want to try. If you keep looking for volunteer jobs, you will eventually find a position that will change your life and other people’s lives. Volunteering can be a rewarding experience, for you and those that you are choosing to help.

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Helps: Volunteering Made Easy

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Have an urge to volunteer? Follow these easy tips from DealDash to get started.

Many people are interested in volunteering but aren’t exactly sure how to get started. Volunteering is a wonderful thing to do, it helps both your community and yourself at the same time. You always feel amazing after time spent helping others. Read on below for more information from DealDash.

Figure Out Where

Firstly, you’ll want to figure out where you want to volunteer. There are so many places right in your own community that would welcome your help. If you’re having trouble thinking of somewhere, here is a quick list of places you might want to consider:

  • An animal shelter
  • Your child’s school or PTA
  • A homeless shelter
  • A thrift/secondhand store (many benefit a cause, my local one donates to the animal shelter)
  • Your local park or nature preserve
  • A hospital

When Are You Available?

Next, you’ll want to figure out when you have time to volunteer. Can you only come sporadically or can you come weekly? Do you need a set or flexible schedule? Do you have the necessary criteria to volunteer? Some places, such as schools, will need you to have a CORI background check before you volunteer. Other places, such as the thrift store, do not have any such requirements.

After you have figured out when you have time to volunteer, see if the times you have available match up to the times at the place that you most want to volunteer. You might have to go through a few choices before you make a match.

For example, the place that I most wanted to volunteer was the NICU unit. They needed people to rock babies when the parents weren’t able to be there. Unfortunately, they required a commitment of 2 days per week for 6 months, which I just didn’t think that I could meet. Instead, I ended up volunteering at the library at my children’s school. The schedule is much more flexible and works with my lifestyle.

Sign Up, Show Up, and Feel Good

Finally, it’s time to make your choice and sign up as a volunteer. After you have made the big step in signing up, be sure that you show up at your assigned times. Trust me, after you have spent a session volunteering and helping others you will have a sunny new outlook on life. It feels good to help other people.

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I hope that this article has given you some good tips on getting started being a volunteer. Thanks for reading the newest blog article. I hope that you found this DealDash article on volunteering interesting. We have a new article here on DealDash Reviewed every single day. It could be cooking, family, crafting, health, or lifestyle. Just let us know what you’d like to read about!

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DealDash This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Spreads Happiness

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It’s impossible to instruct someone on how to be happy – but here are some suggestions to get you started.

What does happiness mean to you? To some people happiness is a house filled with family and friends, and to other people happiness is backpacking around the world alone. Here are some suggestions that are fairly universal for optimum happiness.

Get a pet. It’s scientifically proven that pet owners have lower stress levels and are happier overall. If you don’t have time for a cat or a dog, try a fish or a bird. They are lower maintenance and still provide the same happiness-factor that their furry counterparts offer.

Set goals. Setting (reasonable) goals for yourself is a sure-fire road to happy times. Setting a goal and achieving or even surpassing your goal is excellent for your self-esteem and happiness. Make sure that you pick a goal that is within your reach – if you’re a couch potato I wouldn’t suggest that your goal be “Run a marathon.” but rather “Take a walk around the block every night this week.”

Get more sleep. If you average less than 7-8 hours per night of sleep then you might be making yourself irritable and unhappy without even realizing it. Turn off your TV, computer, and phone an hour early every night for a week, and hit the sack. You’ll be feeling happier in no time.

Be social. Spending more time with friends and family is definitely a great way to cheer yourself up if you’re feeling blue. Several studies have found that spending time with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we are feeling. Bonus points for this if you spend your time together doing something fun!

Go outside. Spending time outdoors in the sunlight and fresh air can do wonders for your happiness. The sun gives you the feel-good powers of Vitamin D, and seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of nature are a great way to chase out the blues.  If you combine going outdoors with a brisk walk – well, that’s happiness right there!

Lastly, there’s very few things that make me happier than winning an auction on DealDash! Winning a DealDash auction gives you a burst of happiness that is rarely matched! Just go to this link here and check out the awesome auctions on DealDash. DealDash always has something for everyone. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Take Care of Seniors

In other cultures family tends to take care of their senior citizens. However, in America that’s not always the case. How can we help?

One of the most prevalent problems that senior citizens  can face is loneliness and isolation. There are lots of ways that you can help your senior citizen friends that you know personally. One great way that you can help them is to offer transportation. Many of our older friends can’t (or won’t) drive anymore. If you and your family are going out for a quick trip to the grocery store, coffee shop, or local big box store why not invite them along? They would surely appreciate the outing as well as the company.

Another way that we can help our senior citizens out is to encourage them to participate in clubs, hobbies, or even church. Sometimes all a lonely senior citizen needs to get out and about is a little gentle encouragement. And as an added bonus, the senior citizen in question might even make a new friend or two in the process.

If you know a senior citizen that is isolated geographically from family perhaps you could help them learn how to use some of our modern technology such as email, texting, and Skype or Facetime. Some seniors don’t have access to home WiFi or computers, so if you were so inclined you could show them how to use these things at the library, where there is always free access to computers and the internet. If the senior citizen that you know has a little extra money to spare, how about showing them how to bid on DealDash? DealDash would definitely put some fun and excitement into their lives as well as saving them some money on the essentials.

Lastly, how about inviting a senior citizen to your home to have dinner with your family? I’m sure that the senior would enjoy spending time with your family as well as the home-cooked meal. If the senior citizen you know is more of a homebody how about bringing a meal to them? If you are making a recipe at home for your family that is easy to double or even triple such as pasta, chili, or a stew you could easily put the excess into containers and bring it to your favorite senior. That way they could re-heat it whenever they feel hungry.

Today we discussed how to help your local senior citizen, and there were quite a few different things that were mentioned that you could procure on DealDash to help them. If you are in need of a new computer you could always get one on DealDash and give the senior you older model. That way you both win! Simply click this link right here and it will take you to the Electronics and Computers category on DealDash and you can see how much you can save! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Summer Safety: Bugs

Unfortunately bugs and summer go hand in hand, let’s look at the kinds of bugs that you might encounter and what to do if you get bitten.

There are many many types of bugs, and most of them are completely harmless. Sometimes you run into a bug that bites or stings, though. Here is a quick and handy guide to what you should do in case you get into a confrontation with a bug and end up with a little injury.

Bees – There are many many types of bees out there such as Bumble, Honey, Carpenter, and Africanized. These bees are peaceful for the most part with the exception of the Africanized bee. Bees will be especially active during the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies forage for food to sustain them during the winter months. Try your best to just avoid the bees and they will most likely leave you alone. If you do happen to get stung you will want to remove the stinger as soon as you can. It just takes a moment for all of the venom to enter your skin. Next you should scrape the area with the edge of a credit card or business card to remove it. If you use tweezers or your fingernails to remove the stinger you might squeeze it and inject more venom. After the stinger is out wash the area with soap and then put an ice pack on the area. You can take an OTC pain reliever if you need it, and you should be all healed up within a few days. If you are showing any signs of an allergic reaction such as wheezing, trouble breathing, or a racing heartbeat be sure to visit the urgent care clinic or even the emergency room right away.

Spiders – Almost all spiders have a fairly harmless bite. There may be a bit of pain, itchiness, and swelling but nothing to be too concerned about. You can wash it with soap, take a little OTC pain reliever, rub it with an antihistamine cream and be on your way. However, if you have the bad luck of being bitten by a Black Widow or Brown Recluse you are in for a bad time. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a Black Widow or Brown Recluse you need to get medical help immediately. These spider bites are not a thing that you want to ignore.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you are in need of anything for summer fun be sure to head over to DealDash. They have pools, grills, sports equipment and more that is sure to make your summer more enjoyable. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!