Since the day I decided to run for a cause, I’ve been falling for volunteer work, and try to have as much time as I can to fit its schedule into life. At its root, volunteering helps others, and that’s most important. But along the way, I’ve learned to believe that helping others also encourages personal growth, and that’s significant, too.

Have you volunteered before? If so, what did you gain from the experience? If not, what holds you back?

We don’t have to exhaust our time and our bodies to volunteer. We can do as little or as much, as big or as small as we feel led to do. It’s making a difference, any difference, that counts.

We could read for a group of kids at the nearby public school, or for a medical mission near where you live. Tutor a struggling student in his/her favorite subject (hopefully you’re good at it). Run errands for someone confined to their home, or handle tedious office jobs (filing, photocopying) for the local non-profit. Host an event for a cause, Offer hands and supervision for children’s art class (perfect for summer) or marshall at one of those running events.

If you’re looking, there are so many places to help.

Sometimes you’ve got to dig deep and think as much as you research on which foundation or organization are you emotionally invested on or attached to – that’ll make that volunteerism work more fulfilling and defying.

What do you think? Do you have inspired ideas?

CHALLENGE: Find some volunteer work–it could be a one-time activity or something you set up weekly, monthly–to do soon. You’ll feel blessed and thank yourself more than ever for doing so.

Invitation: Twestival Manila

Manila, Philippines, 24 March 2011 –  Together with the organizers of Twestival Manila, we would like to invite you and your friends be with one of the many who will join hundreds of cities around the world to support local causes for Twestival at Le Bistro Vert on Valero Street, Salcedo Village, 8pm for JeepNeed.

Unlike other “run for a cause” or “events for a cause” , 100% of the proceeds of this fantastic global event will be donated to JeepneED to help them successfully pilot, operate and sustain their project.

What is JeepNeed?

Jeepneed is a mobile science and tech lab for rural schools in the Philippines

Their mission is to provide community-driven, financially sustainable in-school support in science and technology on a redesigned jeepney that runs on used vegetable oil.

Their goal is to graduate both academics and farmers by reconnecting the disparity between everyday science and the science of inventors.

JeepneED serves as an engaging outdoor learning lab with 10 netbooks, a 3G hub for Internet connectivity, a printer and scanner, a projector, and other basic science materials for a community of 8 to 12 rural public schools.

Its unique and creative approach to enriching the quality of education for Filipino children is a cause worth supporting!

Head on to JeepneED’s website for more information. And watch their official video for an interactive introduction to our chosen cause.

TWESTIVAL Manila will be hosted by yours truly and TJ Manotoc. See you!