In today's time of economic unstability, there really is one thing that we as Americans can count on to be consistent which is "volunteering".
Volunteering does not have to be a daunting task nor spend many hours providing a service.
Volunteering can be as simple as making a weekly phone call to a disabled or an elderly person that is unable to leave the house. You can deliver a home delivered meal once a week during your lunch hour to someone who would not normally be able to have a healthy, hot and nutritious meal. Most important you can involve your children in participating with volunteering. Animal shelters are in big demand for assistance. Maybe the neighbor down the road needs his/her lawn mowed. Perhaps one of the roads you travel needs some trash picked up. If you look around you can find just about anything that you like to do and incorporate into your lifestyle. You manage how much you can do and when. It is not always about giving money, but giving of yourself.
You can start by making a short term goal:
1. What can you do?
2. When can you do it?
3. How often?
5. Involve a family member or friend