Treeleaf’s Fall 2013 Global Days of Service are upon us. This year our Sangha’s fall tradition is being celebrated from October 5th to 19th. In recognition of this period last year, Kyonin and Yugen designed this separate web page; where we can track the various activities of our membership. In keeping with this we have collected examples of what has been posted on the Discussion Board and will actively follow-up to solicit individual stories to not only inspire us to greater action in this current period but, hopefully provide material that will allow others (all of us for that matter,) to renew their commitment in future Global Days of Service.

In summarizing the planned activities reported to date, we’ve been reminded of how we all have different talents which we bring to this endeavor. Although we do not all have immediate financial resources that we can throw at human suffering, some folks remind us of ingenious ways in which we can benefit our fellow beings. Right off the top we think of physical activities that can improve what we perceive as deficiencies; such as collecting food and resources for hurricane, tsunami (and other disaster) victims or food banks and homeless shelters. Volunteering at Nursing Homes, Hospices, Day Care and Children’s Wards are suggested activities as well as exercising animals at Shelters or reading to children at Libraries. We’ve also seen plans to knit, sew or bake things to raise money or comfort children, animals and seniors. And of course, let’s not overlook the environment; projects to collect litter, clean up streams or just plain clean-up; scrubbing toilets, stalls, kennels. There are also other’s who intend to use their organizational skills to raise donations through speaking events or being actively involved in the administration of community projects.

No matter what your particular talent or skill is, we encourage you to apply it. As noted above, we will be following up to bring individual stories of service to you in this space. So, get out there and experience the joy of helping others. The closer you can get to actually one-on-one contact with ‘other beings’ the more you will realize that charity and compassion both begin at home. You’ll find that what most people need is a good listening-to.

There is a neighbor that can use your care and listening. All you need do is be yourself.