Start small with big New Year’s goals

Published on: 
16 Jan 2014
Emily Riordan

At the start of each year, millions of us resolve to make renewed commitments to healthy living, time with family, philanthropy, financial responsibility and countless other things that better ourselves and our communities. The most successful New Year’s resolutions I’ve made and kept over the years have been ones that approach a big idea through smaller, achievable milestones. When I decided a few years ago that I wanted to read more I started out, with the goal to read one book each month. I may not always be able to get from cover to cover quite that quickly (hello, last year’s Game of Thrones discovery), but I am always reading something. By taking on the resolution one page at a time, I’ve happily carved out time in my life for something that I love.

For those who have resolved to “give back” more in 2014, the Green Apple Day of Service is the perfect opportunity. While planning a service project may seem like a daunting task, you can take this one step at a time, too. Here are three simple steps you can take to start planning your project today:

  1.      Save the date! Green Apple Day of Service will officially take place on September 27, 2014. Mark your calendar and start talking with volunteers for this third annual global event.
  2.      Create an event page for your Day of Service project. By registering your event, you’ll get your own space on to build out your event in the months ahead. You’ll also let us know that you’re serious about your commitment to this global day of action.
  3.      Sign up for news and notes from the Green Apple community. We’ll keep in touch throughout the year with new ideas, resources and motivators for getting you to a great Day of Service in 2014.

By making an early commitment, you’ll be joining a network of thousands of volunteers around the world who know that where we learn matters. In 2013, project captains started with the simple action of registering their projects on – turning a few clicks of a mouse into more than 203,000 volunteers transforming more than 2,000 schools and campuses, raising more than $2 million for their events and impacting the lives of nearly three million students in 42 countries.

The Green Apple team will help you keep your service resolution throughout the year, with new Day of Service project ideas, testimonials from experienced project captains, resources from our partners and friends, and much more. The first step is in your hands: join us for Green Apple Day of Service in 2014 by starting today.