Face to Face is Always Better

January 1st, 2018

by Mike Touzeau, Staff Writer

I’d like to volunteer, but I wish I had the chance to ask some questions first.

Most people feel that way. You don’t want to make decisions without getting some facts and having time to weigh them. If you’re like me, you probably don’t buy anything over a hundred bucks without asking […]

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2018 Green Valley/Sahuarita Volunteer Showcase

December 11th, 2017

Mark you calendar and attend the 2018 Green Valley/Sahuarita Volunteer Showcase at the Green Valley Recreation West Social Center on Wednesday, January 24. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon.  Over 50 organizations will be looking for volunteers to help with single-event projects or to fill a variety of positions, serving months or years.

Sampling of […]

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Take a class while you volunteer.11.27.17

December 3rd, 2017

Who doesn’t want to learn something new or improve an already acquired skill?

People routinely pay fifty to a hundred bucks, sometimes more, to take a class, and often extra for supplies or materials. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, most people would say it’s worth it and others would say good for […]

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Volunteer Corner: Volunteering and the Aging Brain

November 15th, 2017

By Mike Touzeau, Staff Writer

You hear it over and over—exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, don’t smoke, and don’t drink too much— the mantra from medical experts for general good health and longevity.

But, what about your aging brain?

There is growing evidence that neurogenesis (basically producing new brain cells) occurs even as we age, and that […]

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Inspiration to Give Back

November 13th, 2017

by Mike Touzeau, Staff Writer

Here are a few names you might recognize and what they said about giving back:

“Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.”—Leo Buscaglia was a world renowned motivational speaker, author, and a professor at USC who reminded all of us that […]

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Bad Rap for Boomers

November 2nd, 2017

by Mike Touzeau, Staff Writer

Statistics point to the fact that Baby Boomers volunteer less than their predecessors. The first of them are moving into their 70s now, and each succeeding group within that generation seems to follow the pattern. What accounts for it and what can be done about it?

Let me throw out some guesses […]

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VAS In Home Volunteers

October 26th, 2017

by Mike Touzeau, Staff Writer

There are obvious personal benefits to be gained through volunteering that include improvement of one’s own happiness and wellbeing, but I believe that the great majority of people seeking an opportunity to give back are looking for a place where they can see firsthand and almost immediately that they are making […]

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Volunteer Corner: Enjoying a beer together after a round of golf:

October 13th, 2017

by Mike Touzeau, Staff Writer

 “So, how long you been retired?”

“Bout ten years now.”

“Same for me.”

“Good income?”

“I guess. Enough so I don’t have to worry.”

“Yeah, me too.”

“Can’t believe I’m going to turn 70 next month.”

“I heard. I’m getting closer myself. Next year.”

“You ever think about that?  I mean, 70…wow.”

“Yeah, I used to think […]

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