If I had written a book instead of starting a blog, it would have probably been similar to “Changing the World on a Tuesday Night” by Tammi DeVille. The premise of this book is that all of us have something we can do – on a Tuesday night, or any night – to make a difference in the world.
“To the World you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the World.” ~Josephine Billings
DeVille has created an inspiring book about individuals making a difference – a few minutes here and there, one hour a week, one day a month – whatever fits in your busy lives. The book shows us ways that people are able to make a difference and what a difference is made on them in return. DeVille writes, “This book is about ordinary people who are making an extraordinary difference. This book is about you being one of them.”
The book contains about 50 volunteer profiles. The profiles talk about why the individual began volunteering, what motivates them, how volunteering has impacted their lives, and more! Each profile also talks about the cause and points us to more information. Here are some snippets from a couple profiles in the book.
James volunteers with Common Threads whose mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well being in addition to an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. He spends a few hours each week on his day off in the classroom to help kids chop, stir, and bake. James states that the time he gives is “really nothing on the scale of the impact it will have on the kids for years to come.”
The Kordenbrock-Rider family profile demonstrates that even a busy family can make time for volunteering. As a family of 6 (2 working parents and 4 teenagers), they spend two nights each month volunteering as a family. Once a month they spend a few hours at a nursing home serving food and visiting with the residents. On another night, they spend time at Welcome House, a local shelter for homeless women and children, sharing dessert and playing games. The family gets to spend the night together – not common for a busy family. Mom, Jennifer, states, “you get a good feeling inside knowing that you did something good for someone, and someone appreciated what you did.”
Okay, I can’t stop with just a couple. Linda’s profile shows us that volunteering doesn’t have to be the traditional go someplace to do something in person. Linda volunteers as a mentor for an orphaned child in Africa through an organization called Infinite Family. Linda’s kids also get involved. Linda enjoys the one-on-one relationship that has built between her family and their mentee. Linda gives the following message to would-be volunteers, “Don’t hesitate, just jump in and do it. Don’t be afraid. The most rewarding feeling is the sense of knowing that you accomplished something and made a difference in somebody else’s life.”
“One act of kindness, no matter how small, is never wasted.” ~ Aesop
In addition to all these wonderful profiles, the book is also sprinkled with inspirational quotes and volunteerism statistics. The back of the book also offers a place for you to add your own profile, additional resources to find volunteer opportunities, and, my favorite, a worksheet to help you discover a cause that moves you!
The mission of the book doesn’t end on the last page…it continues on the On a Tuesday Night website, www.onatuesdaynight.com. There you can find links to all the organizations mentioned in the book as well as places to find volunteer opportunities.
The book can also make a difference every time it is sold! For those who purchase the book from the website, you can select an organization that will benefit from the sale of the book.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Ghandi