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Volunteering for a cause gets the New Year off to a fulfilling start

Volunteering for a cause gets the New Year off to a fulfilling start

By Lilly Zeller
Third Sector Awareness

We’ve said “bienvenido” to the New Year! Many Latinos, especially Puerto Ricans are still in celebratory mode with the “octavitas”. Within this celebratory mode, let us not forget the many needs and causes that exist.

During 2013, we want to help create more awareness to a variety of causes, not just the most talked about ones. Unless we have a certain condition or diagnosis, or know someone close to us who happens to be affected by any given cause, we would not even think about it.

Let’s start this new year 2013 with a different approach and knowledge. We believe that we can make a difference and contribute to expanding the knowledge and getting more people involved to be volunteers with these causes.

Let’s do it, share the information with as many people we can, and get involved with the cause of our choice.
These are the main awareness causes celebrated during the month of JANUARY:

Cataract Awareness Month
Celebration of Life Month
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Crime Awareness Month
Eye Care Month
Folic Acid Awareness Month
International Quality of Life Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month
National Blood Donor Month
National Child Centered Divorce Awareness Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Mentoring Month
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Poison Prevention Month
Thyroid Diseases Awareness Month

Let us not forget those affected by the storm “Sandy”, who are still working towards some sense of normalcy.
Please remember, you can see what colors are represented with each cause, by visiting and click on the color or cause of your choice.

Latina Lista contributor Lilly Zeller is based in Puerto Rico where she represents the interests of the Third Sector via websites — Talking about Philanthropy and Third Sector Awareness. She can be reached at

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