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Great! I agree, start with one smaller commitment and see how that goes before adding more.
I do some volunteering with the local vegetarian association. I love it. I'm on a committee, I distribute veg restaurant guides, I'm on their fundraising run team and I'm helping out at the Veg Food Festival.
I also "volunteer" to do some babysitting for friends. I think that counts as "service" and good deeds.
I'd like to do some volunteering that's related to my career but I don't have time to add anything else just now.
The dream would be to volunteer someplace where there are Swedish speakers so I can learn the language faster...but nothing has turned up like that yet!
Melissa - Wow! That is certainly inspirational!! I don't know why, but I never thought of volunteering at more than one place. Once I get settled with the first 'job', I may consider taking on a second, maybe just a couple times a month. I really like that idea!
Of course, you are right, it really is about balancing time and energy. I'll be keeping a close eye on that as I find my limits.
Dorothy - of course, you should definitely wait until you are ready. But I think it's a great idea to get involved somewhere, I think it could definitely help with the healing process. Just a matter of finding the right place, and the right time!
I am going to have to look into doing something like that but that will have to wait a little more until I get my emotions for the loss of my husband better.
Good for you Laura! Start with one place and see how much time you spend there. It's really easy to get 'sucked in' because you like what you are doing and then realize you can't possibly volunteer 20 hours every week!
I volunteer at church and school mostly. I teach Sunday school twice a month and do some other things at church too. I also lead my own women's Bible study each week during the school year. I volunteer in my kids' classrooms at school and either help as a room mom or help about once a month in each classroom. And because our kids are in scouting I also help out with Girl Scout troop stuff and this next year I'm organizing the banquet for Boy Scouts for our pack Blue and Gold dinner/awards. The school PTA chair asked me to help out more this year with PTA but I don't think I'll be able to take on any more.
But...I can do a lot because I work from home. I teach piano lessons in the afternoons and evenings so I work about 30 hours/week instead of working outside the home full-time.
I think with kids it's different a little bit though...because even though I'm volunteering, I'm also expected as a parent to participate along with my children in most of their activities. We are taking a break this year from volunteering with my son's soccer because we're a little burned out on that but he is still playing this year. And I'm not going to do as much this year for my daughter's dance company because we will have extra rehearsals for Nutcracker all fall.
If we didn't have kids I would still volunteer at the church and probably at a homeless shelter and SPCA. The real trick is still balancing your time and energy so that you enjoy doing each thing!
Lupus-Team Butterfly co-leader
I've been thinking about volunteering for a while now, and I even went so far as to decide to volunteer at my local SPCA. Then, I never did anything about it.
But now, I've really committed to doing some volunteer work. Not only do I want to give back to my community, but I've been thinking a lot about how poor things around the world seem to be getting, and it's time to get off my complaining butt and DO something! You know that old saying - BE the change you want to SEE in the world. On a more selfish note, I do need to get out of the house more. I don't have kids, or many friends, and I work at a desk all day. I really need to get more active, and it'd be great to meet some people, as well.
But now, I'm caught between a few different places I want to volunteer. The SPCA, a food bank, the library, or a local aquarium? Hmmm. So while I decide what feels right, I thought I'd ask - do you do any volunteer work? If so, what do you do? Do you find it more challenging, with lupus? Share your stories!