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Besides writing, Frank keeps busy playing tennis, riding horses, and fumbling around on his guitar. “I’m no rock star,” he says. ” 32 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY Governments – national, state, and local – provide key services. But they can’t do it all. Volunteers help others – without pay – in many ways. Look inside to discover what volunteers do and the type of opportunities available. There might be an idea for a project for you. The Citizens and Their Governments series introduces readers to the rights and responsibilities of citizens for the 21st century.
What are your interests? Whom do you want to help? Be someone’s hero. You can make a difference, now and throughout your life. CITIZENS AND THEIR GOVERNMENTS: Beyond Government ife C & areer Skills It can be easy to find a volunteer opportunity that fits you. First, you need to be sure you have the time and commitment. Then you can search online—or in the telephone book—for agencies that match volunteers with the organizations that need their help. 29 Glossary commitment (kuh-MIT-muhnt) obligation or pledge to do something habitats (HAB-i-tats) areas or environments where an animal normally lives livestock (LAHYV-stok) animals such as cattle or horses raised for profit, often on a farm poultry (POHL-tree) birds such as chickens and turkeys raised for meat or eggs self-reliant (self ri-LAHY-uhnt) trusting one’s own powers or judgment restoration (res-tuh-REY-shuhn) process of returning to original condition volunteers (vol-uhn-TEERZ) people who do something of their own free will and without payment 30 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY For More Information Books Ditchfield, Christin.
New York: Franklin Watts, 2000. org/ CITIZENS AND THEIR GOVERNMENTS: Beyond Government 31 Index animals, 10–13, 20–21 Armstrong, Charles, 17 autism, 13 food, 16–17 France, 21 Fundacíon Jocotoco Reserves, 24 Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Wisconsin), 14 Bethesda Home and Retirement Center (Chicago, Illinois), 9 bingo, 14 blood donation, 7 blood pressure, 10 Braille, 14 Guild Home for the Aged Blind (Yonkers, New York), 11 Carolina Raptor Center (North Carolina), 22 church, 6–7 commitments, 9 community service, in high schools, 18 events, 26 Habitat for Humanity, 19 habitats, 23 Heifer International, 17 Heifer Project, 17 horseback riding, 12–13 housing, 19 hurricanes, 21 Illinois, 25 Johnson County Conservation Board (Iowa), 25 litter collection, 5, 28 livestock, 17 disabilities, 12–13 disasters, 7, 21 Down syndrome, 13 Ecuador, 24 Etosha National Park, 24 Everglades National Park, 24 Extraordinary People (Powder Springs, Georgia), 12–13 marathons, 27 Meals on Wheels, 8–9 Melaleuca tree, 24 Minnesota, 25 mosque, 6 museums, 27–28 North Shore Animal League America (Port Washington, New York), 20 oil spills, 21 poultry, 17 Red Cross, 7 Restoration Movement, 24 retirement homes, 9 Salvation Army, 7 Santa Clara Valley Blind Center (San Jose, California), 14 Second Harvest, 16–17 self-reliant, 17 senior citizens, 5, 8 Stepping Out for Fun (Shoreline, Washington), 13 synagogue, 6 Wisconsin, 25 vision impairments, 11–15 volunteer “grandchildren,” 9 volunteers, 6, 7, 14–17, 20, 21, 22, 23–25, 26–28, 29 Namibia, 24 About the Author Frank Muschal lives in Chicago with his elderly cat, Agatha.