Good News for Giving Back! Week Ending, 13th September

Facebook is paying employees who volunteer to work at the polls

It's not often that you can report on Facebook actually doing something nice, and when you can say that they're being nice, there's always a cynical voice in the back of your head asking the question 'but what is really going on behind Zuckerberg's dead eyes, and why is he being so kind?'


There always seems to be an agenda with Facebook, but it is apparently giving its employees paid time off to volunteer as poll workers in order to address shortage at polling booths. At face value, this is pretty awesome given that only 58% of Americans voted in the 2016 election, and this one is set to be one of the most important elections yet.


You can read more about it HERE.


Charity volunteer completing a six month rough sleeping fundraiser this Wednesday

This is a rather remarkable story of a volunteer who has been raising money for Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes by sleeping rough for the last six months. In memory of her husband, who recently died, Ruth Legh-Smith has been sleeping outside without a tent and enduring heatwaves, storms and a global pandemic to boot. Volunteering since her husband's death has helped her to carry on, and also appreciate how much other people need help. To have the compassion to undertake such a huge fundraising commitment in order to raise money for such an important cause is truly outstanding. Well done Ruth.


You can read more about it HERE.


RNLI Volunteer honoured with mural looking out to sea - to celebrate 40 years of service

This is just incredible. After 40 years of service, RNLI Lifeboat volunteer Mike Jones has been honoured with an enormous mural of his face painted on the side of a house in the Wirral, looking out to the Irish Sea. The artwork is beautiful, and was undertaken by graffiti artist, Smug One. Mike started volunteering for the RNLI when he was 18, and has always had a love for boats and the sea and loves it for the teamwork and the fact he gets to help other people. In his many decades as a volunteer, I can imagine that he's experienced a great number of challenges in the Irish Sea, but despite this, I think he's wearing his 58 years very well.


The only thing the article neglects to mention is whose house the mural is painted on.


You can read more about it HERE.