I am the owner of my own company and have a home office. Because of that I am lucky enough to have the flexibility to volunteer my time back to the community in a few different ways. I highly suggest you try to find a way to volunteer to give back, too.  There are many different kinds of volunteer opportunities in communities all over. People and groups would love to have your help and in doing so you get an awesome feeling of doing something that has an social purpose impact in return.

During the week of December 9-13, 2013 I participated in an event hosted by Code.org called “Learn an Hour of Code” with over 6 million people participating. According to the Code.org website there is a widening gap in the number of students in college earning a computer science degree and the ever growing need for jobs relating to computing. Code.org predicts that by 2020 there will be one million more jobs than students in the computer science field. The “Hour of Code” event is a great way to bring an awareness to how fun (and cool) coding can be. Coding is the language of the future.

Teaching students how to code embodies the 4 Cs. At the basis of the Common Core State Standards is the idea that our students should be:

Creating
Thinking Critically
Communicating
Collaborating

In addition, learning to code requires higher level thinking skills such as evaluating, predicting, inferring, and analyzing which are skills that weave through all content areas. If you would like more information on introducing code to kids of all ages go to Code.org.

To learn other ways you can have an impact in your community here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Research your local newspaper website for opportunities in their community section.
  • Visit your local government website for events or sponsorship opportunities like community clean up days.
  • Volunteer to be on a local committee or advisory board.

 So . . . What Can You Do?

Is there some place you could volunteer that needs your skills and talents?