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There are many ways that I will work to fund this journey of volunteerism. Instead of doing a traditional “crowdfunding” campaign (where I ask you for money in exchange for a token “thank-you”) – I’ve decided to try Teespring. The idea is you buy a shirt, and any “profit” goes directly to fund this “Change for Miles” journey to perform volunteer work in every state. It’s like….. crowdfundshopping. Read more
I absolutely love driving across country. I’m not such a fan of sitting in traffic and navigating cities, but get me on the open road and I am in travel heaven!
Most of the 30,000+ miles I have driven over the past year or so have been solo trips. Some people seem to think this is strange – my preference for driving alone rising with each hour added to a road trip. When traveling by myself I can stop (or not stop) as I wish. I can take detours and scenic routes. I can enjoy silence, or rock out to whatever music I am in the mood for at any time. (And my musical tastes can go from Broadway Show Tunes to 80’s music, to Tom Waits to hard rock in the blink of an eye!) Read more
There are many people that have already assisted in making this dream of traveling the country to volunteer in every state a reality. I would not be able to do this without the encouragement, advice, offers of places to stay, the occasional free meal, gifts, work opportunities, etc. from so many people. Thank you, thank you – from the bottom of my heart – thank you! Your support – in whatever form – is so greatly appreciated. You Rock!! Read more
Before traveling to North Carolina, I looked up different events going on in the area that would present possible volunteer opportunities. Although I had intended for North Carolina to be one of my “entertainment / fun” volunteer locations, I saw that September had been declared “Hunger Action Month”. Entertainment could wait… there were hungry families to feed. Read more
One of the places in my Top 10 Dream List of Places to Volunteer is also a place where I have previously volunteered: The Elephant Sanctuary. There is something so fascinatingly cool about the thought of elephants – ELEPHANTS! – roaming free on 2700 acres in the middle of Tennessee. Read more
One of the many, MANY questions I am asked about this trip is how I can afford it. Well – frankly – I can’t. Not all at once. It has always been my plan to work along the way (in addition to saving money whenever possible). Read more
Well- I’ve done it. Everything I own is packed away. I’ve left a job I absolutely love and people I adore and admire and love. My car is loaded and I’ve hit the road. It is at once exhilarating and frightening. Read more
“You can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything that you want.”
Think about that a minute.
I’ve been thinking about that sentiment for years now, although probably not as succinctly and articulately as it is stated above. There seemed to be this invisible weight of obligation in knowing I can do anything that I want. Through many major life changes a few years ago, I realized that I could live anywhere I wanted. Travel anywhere I wanted. Work doing whatever it is I wanted. I wasn’t “tied down” to any particular region, person, or life course I was previous traveling upon. Read more
It seems I have been living online lately. Between work and planning my trip, I have logged some serious screen hours.
I actually love it.
This week I’ve been putting together a list of places I would like to volunteer on my road-trip. Read more
In September 2014 I will embark on a journey to perform volunteer work in all 50 states. Because this isn’t organized through any type of group, I can choose which organizations and events where I will donate my time. My goal is to have many varied experiences, and to help as many different non-profits as I can.
Along the way I will work when I can to support this journey. If you would like to support me in my efforts, I will also have items for sale on this site. Every penny will go towards making this dream a reality – and I thank you in advance. You rock!
For more detailed information, you can visit The Origins of the Plan or FAQs. If you have questions, comments, suggestions or travel tips – you can contact me here.