Consider This: Message for the New Year

It's a brand new year, a time of celebration, renewal, and hope for better things. Sadly, many of us will miss the opportunity that's before us. We'll beat ourselves up, focusing on what we don't have or what we haven't done. So again this year, we offer this challenge.

In this New Year, instead of reflecting on what your life is missing, concentrate on what it has to offer.  Instead of resolving to overcome your shortcomings, commit to sharing your talents.

Your community, your family, your friends and your neighbors can all benefit from what you have to offer. We need people to entertain the lonely in nursing homes. We need people to show our children what honesty and integrity look like in action. We need people to adopt and spruce up vacant lots. We need people to coach and celebrate the achievements of Special Olympians.

There are dozens of community organizations that do wonderful work, but require committed people willing to donate their talents, time and energy in order to get that work done.

Don't know where to begin? You can start with your churches and schools, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, or one of the many organizations that support the homeless like The Good Shepherd Center, or victims of domestic violence like the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services.

Adopt a child from the Children's Home Society, or be a Big Buddy, or help train a service dog with Carolina Canines. Help build a home with Habitat for Humanity or WARM. For other options, contact the Cape Fear Volunteer Center.

The contact information for several of these organizations is listed below.

So this year commit to sharing your talents, and we guarantee you 2008 will be a very rewarding year, indeed!

That's what we think. Tell us what you think. (kd)

Community Resource Organizations

  Special Olympics of North Carolina Wilmington: 392-5776

  • Boy Scouts - Cape Fear Council: 395-1100
  • Girl Scouts - Coastal Carolina Council: 800-558-9297
  • American Red Cross - Cape Fear Chapter: 762-2683
  • Salvation Army: 762-7354
  • Good Shepherd Center: 763-4424
  • Domestic Violence Shelter & Services: 343-0703
  • Children's Home Society: 800-632-1400
  • Big Buddy: 392-8180
  • Carolina Canines: 362-8181
  • Habitat for Humanity: 762-4744
  • WARM - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry: 762-2583
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center: 392-8180