How To Organize A Book Club

You and your friends want to put together a book club, and you want it to be enriching and fun… You know you need to start with a book and some wine, but how do you choose and get everyone on the same “page” for a successful first gathering?

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Solving This Year’s Halloween Conundrum

Trick-or-treating is community at its best. Adults, young and old use their resources to buy candy or toys to hand out to local children. A spark of mystery is in the dark air, full moon bright in the sky… wind blowing leaves around the ankles of the little goblins and ghosts wondering if they really could pull off a trick if no treat is offered. Moms and dads catch up over hot chocolate in thermoses waiting at the ends of driveways. Neighbors appear at doors who are seldom seen and surprise you with pure delight at the maturation and appearance of those growing up in view.

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Why Should You Care if a Local Small Business Succeeds?

Why you should care if a local small business succeeds
According to Intuit Canada, 15% of new start-ups fail in year one, while 50% won’t be able to celebrate a five year anniversary. Knowing this, should you feel a sense of protection for the new shop that just opened up down the street? If you didn’t invest in the venture, you have nothing to gain or lose, right?

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The Ultimate Survival Guide for Music Festival Rookies

guid to you first music festival

Fresh air, good music, and great company—what more do you need? It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like; there’s a festival for you. Whether you’re going to your first music festival or you’re a music-loving pro, this list will help you get the most out of your experience.

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Communities: The Heart of GetAssist

At GetAssist, we believe that Community is essential. It’s where we connect. It’s how we serve each other best. To us, a community is a group of like-minded people who come together to exchange ideas, information and share their experiences on a regular basis. Read more

A Familial Community: The Moments that Give Us Meaning

family community

Community is like few other words in that its definition does not fit into a neatly wrapped, perfectly packaged bundle. Our lives, inside and outside our homes, are defined by our interaction with various communities.

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Coaching Tactics that Children Are Guaranteed To Respond To

tactics for coaching children

It’s no secret that communication is key to successful coaching, but it is simply the first step. If you are looking for the best ways to shape your team up for performance and success, there are a few key areas that can make an enormous difference.

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The Ultimate HOA Board Member Toolkit

HOA Board Member Tool Kit

HOA’s are compulsory organizations created by a developer to manage and maintain certain amenities of a development that the City will not accept responsibility to maintain such as entrance signage, ornamental parks and ponds, boulevard landscaping, etc.

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GetAssist: A Teacher’s Virtual Classroom on a Purposeful Network

virtual classroom on GetAssist for teachers

A new semester is a new opportunity for analyzing the way you work, trying new things and exploring new opportunities to enhance your students’ learning experience. The spring semester specifically brings added excitement with a new calendar year.

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The Science of Volunteering: A Happier and Healthier You

the science of volunteering
We all know that volunteering is a vital part of healthy communities. Volunteering helps organizations provide services that would otherwise be impossible to deliver in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Volunteering fosters a sense of community responsibility. Volunteering brings different segments of the community together and helps them understand each other better. But is there any benefit for the volunteer? The answer is yes—and in more ways than you might think. GetAssist investigates!

Physical Health

People who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who don’t, and that benefit increases with age. In addition, volunteering has been shown to reduce symptoms of chronic pain and heart disease.

Mental Health

People who volunteer have lower rates of depression than those who don’t. Volunteering leads to both higher self-esteem (from giving back to the community) and an increased sense of accomplishment (from improving or developing skills). In fact, a London School of Economics study of American adults found that happiness increased as time spent volunteering increased. When compared to people who didn’t volunteer at all, respondents who volunteered once a week were seven percent more likely to rate themselves as “very happy,” and those who volunteered twice a month or more were 12 percent more likely to rate themselves as “very happy.”

Work/Life Balance

Surprisingly, volunteering also seems to act as a time-machine, in that people who volunteer feel like they have more free time—even if they don’t. A Swiss study of 746 full- and part-time workers revealed that those who volunteered experienced a higher level of work/life satisfaction than those who didn’t, even when controlling for factors like actual time and resources. And, in a 2012 report in Psychological Science, volunteers reported a greater sense of “time affluence” than people who spent that same amount of time doing something for themselves.

Professional Success

Volunteering can also deliver tremendous professional benefits. In addition to enhancing important career skills, volunteering can help you grow your network and come in contact with community leaders you may otherwise have no opportunity to meet, especially if you reinforce the connection through GetAssist. Volunteering can also give you a risk-free opportunity to try out new career options.

Without a doubt, giving back to the community is important. But there are very real benefits for volunteers that are too important to ignore. Before you take the plunge, spend some time identifying the volunteer opportunities that best fit you and your life on GetAssist. Think about the things that are important to you. What are you passionate about? What makes you happy? And, on a practical note, how much time do you have? How far do you want to travel? What type of volunteering will best help you reach your personal and career goals?

If you’re ready to start identifying some volunteer opportunities, look no further than GetAssist. With GetAssist you can join volunteer communities to keep up with postings and opportunities near you. Pre-register for GetAssist today!