I currently volunteer at my son's elementary school. This summer I believe we (me & my son) will be looking into doing some volunteer work within our community to show him its good to give back and think of others.
I volunteer by coordinating the water aerobics program for our community rec council. It was more involved than I envisioned once we lost our long time teacher. I am proud! We have a full class and I hired a nice lifeguard and new teacher. My parents always had us volunteering so it feels right.
Right now all my volunteer work is in teaching English to Mexicans eg. at a Refuge for women with substance abuse problems and at a kindergarten (mostly pronunciation). In Canada I worked in a Citizens on Patrol, and for a childrens summer program. When I go back this time I will help my daughter with childcare and getting her housework done as she was in a bad MVA. I know I sound good but I could do much more. It keeps you young and helps your mind stay in shape.
"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."
I have always been involved in church volunteer work, I have done Emmaus, Kairos outside (for families of incarcerated prisoners) and Happening with the youth. I am also a Peer educator at work helping with advising others about HIV/AIDS I don't know what the figures of volunteer work are here in South Africa.
When I retired at the end of 2008, I found I hated it! Every day was Saturday (except Sunday when we went to church) I was wasting time watching lame TV shows, eating way too much and putting off everything because I could do it later. All those things I had put aside thinking "when I retire", I discovered were things I just didn't want to do! My closets weren't any cleaner; my photos were still scattered in drawers instead of in albums and my basement was still crammed full of "stuff" Maybe it was the dreary cold winter weather but I didn't even want to go shopping - and for what? If you don't go to work, why do you need many new clothes? And I didn't have an identity - I used to go to several meetings a week and introduce myself with my name, my title and the company for whom I worked. Now, who was I?
So I connected with those same people I used to see at meetings - "Can you use me a few hours a week?" Those skills I had on the job - meeting facilitation, strategic planning, grant writing-are all valuable to nonprofits who are struggling to survive in this economic downturn. And I've always been committed to encouraging young people to see themselves as valuable members of the community so I'm helping our AmeriCorps program establish a volunteer opportunities database.
My husband has found delight in joining our community's Auxiliary Police -
Think of what you enjoy doing - it will be a treasure for someone else.
I am retired from classroom teaching. I work from home now, but my schedule is my own. About a year ago, I started volunteering one half day a week at our local ARC store (a thrift store where proceeds go to disabled adults). I love that job. I really enjoy my supervisor and some other folks there. They think the world of me. The work is physical in that I stock the book shelves, and there is a lot to do. I love it!! I just helped at a health fair today. That's a once a year thing, and always a fun time, too. Barb
I was amazed to learn that about 28% of Americans contribute to their communities by doing volunteer work.
When I was young and busy, I had many volunteer projects...4-H leader, Master Gardener, kids' soccer coach, Habitat for Humanity, working in a church thrift store... but now that I'm retired and have more time, I've gotten lazy. I think I have been missing out on some important mental health benefits for myself as well.
A few weeks ago, I started volunteering at the local food bank. It feels good to be needed! I wonder who else in the team is a volunteer.
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