Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I found a website that listed a lot of volunteer opportunities in my area. I picked out a couple to try out. I will give them a try to see if I like them. If not, I know where to go to pick out some more.
Tomorrow, I will go to an orientation to volunteer at a local food pantry. It's literally right around the corner from my house. The volunteer opportunities there are varied - from answering phones to data entry to greeting people to helping them picking out and packing their food. People work in three hour shifts. Sounds easy enough.
I've got some paperwork coming to volunteer to work with a local hospice. There's a variety of things to do at this place. I could be doing things from working in the office to sitting and visiting with people at their houses. This one may be a tough one. I can easily see myself getting attached to people. But I think it's a worthwhile cause and I'm willing to give it a try. Worst case scenario is that I'll switch to something else.
Next in line would be volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. There's so much going on with that organization that I'm sure I could find something to help with. There's a ReStore close by that I think I would love to work at. It has new and used items that people can purchase for their houses. With my back problems, I realize that I would not be able to do anything like roofing or windows, but I can certainly pick up a paintbrush here or there. This is something my youngest has spent many hours volunteering at and I know it's a cause that's near and dear to her heart. But, I'm reserving this until I see how the others go.
There were volunteer opportunities involving animals that I looked at. But then I remembered working at the Humane Society in high school. I fell in love with all the animals and wanted to bring them all home. That's not an option for me right now in a small two-bedroom condo that already has a long-haired cat who thinks she's the queen of the condo and a chocolate lab that loves to play and doesn't realize that she's not a little puppy anymore.
I am hoping that others who read this will consider volunteering even if it's just a few hours a month. I have volunteered since I've been in elementary school and have gotten back so much more than I have put in. I've made some good friends out of my experiences and have hopefully made some lives better.