The seed

By Christina AlejandroVolunteering, No.8 Sometimes situations seem so bad that you feel whatever you do won’t make a difference at all. But in my life, some things changed some things for the better. I first heard of Brother Joe Dean from my mother. She told me he was a man who, with his wife and…

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Walk the thought: Begin the work of ChristmasTime againLove, respect, stewardship, IMarch 8 and a book for doctorsIn the summer gardenSpirituality from a volunteer’s eyes Volunteering: Going beyond philanthropyDemystifying mental illness through poetryBuilding rainbows of hope And these are my rootsI want to do all I can do for this townI want to do all…

My GX volunteering journey

By Ryan Anthony M. BestreVolunteering, No. 7 “Get ready for the most challenging six months of your life,” read the ad on volunteering. The most challenging six months of my life?  Bring it on! Global Xchange (GX) is a youth volunteering program of the Voluntary Service Overseas that allows young people to initiate positive change…

Children have dreams too!

by Maricel H. Barahantranslated by Victor V. AmoresVolunteering, No.6 I am one of the youth who have dreamed of obtaining a wide range of knowledge for the improvement of our family life, but then, I was not able to finish a college degree. I only had one semester in college because my family could not…

Core team and volunteers

The iVolunteer portal is run 100% by volunteers, a blessing we always acknowledge. From web design, editorial ‘structuring’, writing, editing and publishing, to social marketing, communications, networking and resource generation, everything here is volunteer effort. Core Team 2011:           Ryan Anthony M. Bestre Ryan is currently working as an Englsih as…

I want to do all I can do for this town

by Deanie Lyn OcampoVolunteering, No.5 National heroes are not made because they have liberated a people. They are made because of their spirit of initiative and commitment throughout seasons of triumph and struggle. When opposition came, they responded positively and decisively. Their resolutions toughened with action, whether the benefits were for an oppressed country or…

I want to do all I can do for this town (con’t.)

by Deanie Lyn OcampoVolunteering, No.5 To the previous page “Pwede Na” (Bamban, Tarlac) by Ganny Tan Everyday heroes are those who thrive on getting things done and making things work locally. They overcome difficulties on the ground. They are skilled in adjusting and identifying priorities: if national politics is too disheartening, then they get their…

Ten million hours for development

By Deanie Lyn OcampoiV Corner, Communities No.3 In Einstein’s Dreams, physicist-writer Alan Lightman narrates “…there are two times. There is mechanical time and there is body time. The first is as rigid and metallic as a massive pendulum of iron that swings back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. The second squirms and…

IYV+10 in 2011

Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating AgencyiV Corner, Communities No.2 Volunteers help build houses in Maralit, Paranaque Volunteer communities around the world are gearing up for the celebration of a special major event that will highlight ten (10) years of active volunteer participation in nation building. Dubbed IYV+10, the tenth anniversary of the International Year of…

Spirituality from a volunteer’s eyes

By Nikola Diana Y. MirandaWalk the Thought, No.6 I appreciate kinabuhi or life. I always have, but not as much as I do now. I volunteered because of wanting to do something for others. I want change. It does not have to be violent or radical. I volunteered because I want to prove that change…

And these are my roots

by Chaya Erika GoVolunteering, No. 4 Last summer, I volunteered for Cartwheel Foundation‘s anniversary concert. I would be there when the cultural dialogue happens, when Music and Art would be the language. I knew it would be a celebration I’d never forgive myself for passing. My adventure started when I, along with other volunteers, waited…

Kaisa sa 0-6: Another common ground

By Deanie Lyn OcampoVolunteer Management, No. 1 It really is quite amazing, this miracle of life and its development. Try to put together something as complicated as a whole person. From a single fertilized cell develops trillions of cells! No wonder this miracle never ceases to amaze parents, scientists, writers and poets. Parents-to-be wonder whether…

Building rainbows of hope

By Teresita Ang SeeVolunteering, No. 3 Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng left behind people picking up the pieces. Many families lost everything they had: their homes, businesses, precious mementos of happier times, even their loved ones. The thousands of relief packs our organization, Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran, and the Tsinoy community brought to them seemed so…