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Let’s count the ways to love your club this Valentine’s Day

Feb 07, 2014

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For millions of Americans, Valentine’s Day represents that one day of the year to go the extra mile in the name of love. Whether you express your affection with a bouquet of roses, a heart-shaped box of chocolates or a touching greeting card, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to show someone special that you really care.

With the holiday quickly approaching, have you thought about sharing some extra love for your favorite organization? There are plenty of ways to say “I love my club,” including the four listed below. For even more inspiration, check out our “I Love My Club” campaign and our new video on how to share your love for Kiwanis this holiday and beyond.

1.      Tell others about Kiwanis. When you truly care about something or someone, it’s hard to keep silent about it. Think about the things that excite you about your club. Is it the fellowship? The impact it’s making on children in your community and far away? Now, carve out some time to genuinely express to others why you’re a part of Kiwanis. Encourage them to join or support Kiwanis through donations. This can be as simple as sending out a few messages via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

2.      Make a donation. According to a report by CNN, Americans spend an average of $130.97 for Valentine’s Day. Why not commit part of your Valentine’s Day budget to Kiwanis as a way of helping children? Whether you donate funds to Kiwanis International or to your local club, you can be confident that you’re giving a gift of love to someone who truly needs it. Think about it. The price you pay for chocolates could actually save a life or support an after-school educational program.

3.      Commit to volunteering more. It appears that our time on social media exceeds our time spent on volunteering. The average person in the United States spends 6 ½ hours each month on social media, including Facebook, according to Nielsen’s annual Social Media report. In contrast, the people who volunteer — about a quarter of the population — spend an average of 50 hours on volunteer activities within a year. That’s about four hours a month. Find out how you can dedicate an extra two or three more hours a month to helping your club. You could leverage that time by getting others to commit to spending more time volunteering through Kiwanis.

4.      Express your gratitude to other members. Sometimes, as volunteers, we all need an extra word of encouragement. Take some time to think about the ways members in your club have made a difference. Pick out special instances in which you were impressed by their spirit of giving. Pull out some old-fashioned stationery and pen heartfelt messages about how they are making a difference. Handwritten notes are incredibly special, particularly in this digital age.

This Valentine’s Day and beyond, make sure you share your stories on why you love your club. Love can be contagious. You just could inspire many more people to fall in love with Kiwanis and all the causes it supports.