“Many of us want to make a difference, but have no idea how to fit volunteering into our busy schedule of work and family commitments,” Deville shares. We know about soup kitchens and nursing homes, but those opportunities don’t necessarily inspire all of us. Through vivid storytelling, Tammi DeVille shows us how to discover a cause that resonates with—and expresses in just a little bit of time— our own gifts and passions.
A busy professional herself, Tammi has found time to volunteer on a regular basis. She currently mentors a young boy in South Africa via web cam and provides marketing support to a nonprofit that creates transformational creative workshops for at-risk youth. Tammi is a storyteller and a connector in the volunteer world; she contributes Volunteer Spotlights to VolunteerMatch.org, and is constantly on the lookout for unique and compelling volunteer opportunities.
She is listed in the top 10 in the volunteer category to follow on Twitter. Tammi noticed that everyone who heard about her volunteering adventures had the same basic set of reactions “It's so great that you do that.” Or “I would love to do some volunteering.” The problem, she concluded, was not that people didn't want to help. It was that they just didn't quite see how they could. They would also say, “I don't know where to find opportunities I'd be interested in.”
And being a 'get things done' kind of person, she set out to do something about it. She wrote a book, profiling some actual busy people who do amazing things to change the world. Tammi spent 2 ½ years hunting down interesting volunteers with interesting projects. She found 32 different photographers who saw the chance to make a difference too and got the pictures. Today, she's the author of a book, really the manager of a project and a voice for volunteering. But mostly, she's someone who knows what a difference a few hours can make in the world and in your own life.
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Tammi DeVille Bio:
Tammi DeVille is a small business owner and the kind of person who loves new experiences. She's hiked hot lava in Hawaii, climbed mountains in Colorado, survived sprint triathlons and fallen in love with yoga.
In her volunteering life she's hired employees for non-profits, been a mentor and court appointed special advocate, facilitated a writer's group, helped students from Cyprus learn about leadership and helped facilitate intense diversity training in junior high schools.
Tammi shares transformational adventures of volunteering in her book CHANGING THE WORLD ON A TUESDAY NIGHT. You can learn more about her book and purchase it at www.onatuesdaynight.com.
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