I am always thinking of the importance of volunteering-whether it be domestically or internationally. You see I have been unemployed for a while (except for two temporary jobs of which I am so thankful for) and volunteering is so important to me. It keeps my spirits up and makes me feel as though my contribution is valuable. World Pulse is a HUGE part of that. Although it is entirely virtual, it makes no less of an impact on me. Everytime I go to this website I feel a sense of connection with others. There are so many resources and new things to learn and discover. So, even when I finally find the right job for me I will not stop going to World Pulse and I will not stop volunteering in my free time. Teaching english to recent immigrants and refugees. Advocating for policies supported by organizations like CARE USA. Being on the board of a new NGO called CAFOCOD that works with poor people in rural Uganda. Helping to plan events for our local Peace Corps Association. Going to Tanzania this summer. I could go on and on. My committment won't change to the issues that I care about.

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I know there are not many folks living in MO on this network but I thought I would post this anyway. I will be attending a play on 9/11 called "Inalienable Rights: From Pearl Harbor to 911" at the Regional Arts Commission. It is a play that explores what the meaning of citizenship is, how far we are willing to limit the rights of our citizens in times of national emergency and the ways in which people who look like the 'other' are often prejudiced and feared. After the play, there will be a panel discussion. Distinguished panelists- a Japanese-American, an alderman, representatives from CAIR and the Muslim Students Associaiton- will be in attendance.

Amy

Thanks for your BIG heart of voluntarism. This is something quite new in Africa/Uganda. I am one of those who is encouraging us to make a contribution in a persons life for the good of human kind. i wish you the best in achieving your dreams.

Grace Ikirimat "It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

Dear Amy, you are doing such a good job! In a time when many of us are selfishly making money for our own benefits, I applaud your spirit to volunteer. Volunteering is such a noble cause the importance of which is often overshadowed by prioritizing money-oriented things in our society. Please keep up your good spirit dear friend. And goodluck! :)

Hello from World Pulse, Amy.

You have reached out to World Pulse, and we are grateful for your presence.

I act as a volunteer World Pulse welcomer for new WP members and listener for other journal entries. This is some of the most exciting and rewarding work I've ever done. Through this effort, I have become a world volunteer.

I am wondering whether you have found any World Pulse efforts that really stir you to action. Our searchable site has so many examples of females empowering each other through education and encouragement, that there is certain to have inspiration for all.

We'd love to hear from you again.

Yvette

Yes, I found many as a volunteer listener. I enjoy reading stories and learning about the kinds of activities World Pulse activists are engaged in. It is a great community. Thank you for welcoming people into it.

Amy

Hello again, Amy. I notice that you're involved with CARE. I am needing advice regarding an women's empowerment initiative in Nigeria.

Olutosin Oladosu https://worldpulse.com/user/1037 is very successfully teaching women entrepreneurial skills. I am researching affordable modes of transportation for getting their wares to the USA. Even the transfer of funds is very challenging. Do you know of any organizations that may include wares from Nigeria in shipments from there?

Thank you.

Yvette

I can ask but I am not sure if CARE ships items to the US from Nigeria. I will let you know if I find out any information that can be useful to you. Are you referring to articles of clothing or craft items for sale?

Best of luck!

Amy