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by Allyson Ayers

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National Volunteer Week 2011

It’s National Volunteer Week, and according to the founders, this is the time for “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.” One way to do this is by sharing stories, so I figured I’d start with my own tiny contribution to my community from this past weekend…

I won’t claim that it’s imaginative or even inspiring, but it is something I enjoy doing. Even more than that, I enjoy knowing that I am helping my community in some small way. The way I chose to help is by sharing my passion for reading and discovering books. Yes, I’m a book nerd – let’s just get that out of the way now. And, I’m lucky to have an amazing library just seconds from my home, so I can check out books whenever I please. Besides simply taking advantage of the library, I also volunteer at their bi-annual book sales in the Spring and Fall. For me, it’s another great way to be around books and to help other people find their favorites. I help sort books into their respective genres, stock shelves, and check people out with their loot. The Fall sale raised $84,000! The Spring sale this past weekend was surely another success! And I loved being a part of it!

Support your local library by purchasing used books at their in-house book stores and/or annual book sales! And, in the spirit of Earth Day later this month, I also encourage you to check out books from the library instead of buying new ones. It’s recycling at its finest! (in my humble opinion, of course)

To learn more about National Volunteer Week, visit the HandsOn Network website. Or check out our caring customers in action in their volunteer t-shirts.

That’s my volunteering story; hope you liked it. I’d love to hear your awesome volunteer stories! We see tons of great designs for volunteer t-shirts, so let us hear about your cause and why it means something to you! Happy National Volunteer Week, everyone!

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Allyson Ayers April 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Sarah, thank you SO much for sharing your story! It sounds like you have some great plans for raising awareness about arthritis and raising funding for research! Good luck with everything! We really appreciate you picking CustomInk to help make your shirt and of course, we look forward to helping you with your cause in the future!

Sarah Butler April 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Hi I’m Sarah Butler. I just recently created a shirt for a 3 mile walk I’ll be participating in on June 4th in Pittsburgh. The walk is to help raise awareness for those suffering from Arthritis, including kids like me. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 18 months old. I’m 17 now and currently in my senior year of high school. I have to deal with pain every day of my life, some days worse than others. People never seem to understand, especially my peers that I go to school with.

I did some research and came across the Arthritis Foundation. From there I found awareness walks and signed up for two in my area. Once I spread the word and recruit a team of friends and family to go on the walk with me, I’ll be ordering team shirts from CustomInk to show our love and support for the Arthritis Foundation and those suffering from Arthritis. I’m also doing a fundraiser to help raise money for research to find a cure. I’m selling a cookbook that I made myself, plan to do a car wash, and other fun things to get people involved. I even have a wheelchair that I used to use a lot when I was younger when I couldn’t control my Arthritis as well that I’ll be publicly presenting and donating to a child in need who also suffers from Arthritis. Did you know that over 50 million, or 1 in 5 adults suffer from some type of doctor diagnosed Arthritis? And that over 300,000 children suffer from it as well?

If you would like to help, please visit my page for Team Butler. Even simple $10 or $20 donations make a big difference. Every little bit helps, and you would be surprised how quickly it adds up! I hope to raise a lot before the walk. It’s my senior year and I want to go out with a bang and really make an impact on others. I love to help people, and hope that anyone who reads this will consider donating, and spread the word!

https://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=424507&lis=1&kntae424507=EEEFCF007C894162800EFABF7FE4AE14&team=4148459&tlteam=0

Sarah Butler April 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Hi im Sarah Butler. I just recently created a shirt for a 3k walk that I’ll be participating in on June 4th. The walk is to help raise awareness about those suffering from Arthritis, including kids like me. Ive had Juevenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since I’ve been 18 months old. I’m 17 now and currently in my senior year of high school. I have to deal with pain every day of my life, some days worse than others. People never seem to understand, especially my peers that I go to school with. I did some research and came across the Arthritis Foundation. From there I found awareness walks and signed up for one in my area. Once I spread the word and recruit a team of friends and family to go on the walk with me, we’ll be ordering team shirts from CustomInk to show our love and support for the Arthritis Foundation and all the work they do. I’m also doing a fundraiser to help raise money for research. I’m selling a cookbook that I made myself, and plan to do a car wash and other fun things to get people involved. I even have a wheelchair that I used a lot when I was younger when I couldn’t control my arthritis as well. I’ll be publicly donating and presenting it to a child in need who also suffers from Arthritis. Did you know that 50 million, or 1 in 5 adults suffer from a form a doctor diagnosed Arthritis? And that over 300,000 kids suffer from a form of doctor diagnosed Arthritis? You can help too! If you would like to help kids like me, or anyone in general who has Arthritis, please visit my Team Page. Even simple $10 or $20 donations add up! Every bit counts. I hope to raise a lot, it’s my senior year and I want to go out with a bang, and really do something great that helps others. http://arthritiswalkpgh.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=424507&lis=1&kntae424507=8AA9EB0499524872B85D1589C3D2542B&supId=0&team=4148459&cj=Y

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