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Carole Zoellner, Bradenton, FL

Before I retired, I volunteered for the Manatee School district in the Reading Pals program.  Children are our future--reading to them or having them read to me is most rewarding. I still volunteer for student programs in our community whenever I am asked.
Now that I have retired I am volunteering at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in the Women's Center and also at the Tidewell Hospice house.  This is a thank you to both organizations for the loving care and kindness they provided my parents while they were still alive.

I love our community. It provides many opportunities to help others. 



People do good things all year long. Kindness and compassion are not centered solely around the Thanksgiving holiday, but this time of year does tend to inspire us to appreciate what we have instead of focusing on what we don't. 
I asked a few friends to share why they give all year long. I find that I am often motivated by the good works of others and I hope you are too.

While you are reading thoughts from the people below, consider what motivates you. I’d love for everyone to share what inspires you to give, volunteer, or work in noprofits on our Facebook page. Please post!

- Tracy Vanderneck, MSM, CFRE
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Rose Carlson, Bradenton, FL
As a 3rd generation Manatee County citizen, I volunteer because I love my community and want to help make it a better place. Community service became routine to me during my career and once I retired, I value the extra time I have to give back. It's rewarding to see things improve when people exert some effort!
Christina B., Somerset, Kentucky
What drives me? Compassion for adolescents. Adolescents, especially those who identify as LGBTQ, often feel hopeless. It is my goal to assist them in finding their strength and power, their innate value... and hope. I want to help these young people feel connected to others and find the confidence to be who they are and voice what they need.
Johnny B., Tampa Bay, FL 
The reason I volunteer and give is because I believe that it is necessary to work for and on issues that are important. We all have values that we hold close and causes that are deeply meaningful, therefore if we want to see progress we have to be committed to giving our time, talents, and treasures.
Beth D., Dummerston, VT
In an increasingly intense world where everyone is plugged into everything and everything is moving so fast - it's important to remember the power of a kind gesture, nice word, or comforting hug. No text message, facebook post, or email can come close to the feeling of extending your heart to another person. It helps them - but it also helps me.
Dr. Robert W., Northfield, Vermont

I give because it is a way to express my love of life and connection with  the human experience. Giving is acknowledging the OTHER...We are all one.

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