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Volunteer Recognition Day

Monday, April 16, 2018

This week for the Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Group Challenge we were asked to blog about Volunteer Recognition Day. April 20th is Volunteer Recognition Day. Volunteer Recognition Day honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others, making big and small differences in people’s lives. In what ways have you volunteered your time and effort over the years? Are there ways you look forward to volunteering in the future?

When I was in high school I was a candy striper at a nearby hospital. I really enjoyed it and continued on into the first year or two of college. I was just an adult volunteer then. There were many places within the hospital that I helped out. I worked at the information desk, the cafeteria, pediatrics and medical records. Eventually I had to stop because I didn't have time for college and volunteering.

The uniforms haven't changed at all over the years! emoticon

My hubby's aunt before she got Alzheimer's disease volunteered every day at the local nursing home. She enjoyed visiting with the ladies and painting the fingernails to help cheer them up and make them feel better about themselves. She did this for so many years that she received a medal for the most volunteer hours to be put in by a single person. She was really proud of it.

I've thought about volunteering at a local no kill animal shelter but I'm not sure I could deal with seeing injured pets or seeing a pet put down for whatever reason. Maybe someday I'll find a niche where I can volunteer. There's an elementary school nearby so maybe I can volunteer to help out the teachers a couple of days a week. Something to think about anyways.... emoticon
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  • ASHLYN991
    I volunteer at our neighborhood elementary school as a "reading partner". It's a win-win situation for both the kids and me. Love working with the 1-3 graders -- they have so much energy & enthusiasm and it's catchy.
    266 days ago
    I too thought of volunteering at the animal shelter, but like you, would get too attached to the animals. I could just see me wanting to bring home the unwanted.
    274 days ago
    That was wonderful of you to volunteer for a Candy Striper. I am sure you will think of something to do now. There is just so many needy organizations out there. My city even had a volunteer fair where people gathered under one roof to make it easier for you to choose something. I was sorry I missed it. Maybe they might do that where you live.
    276 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    Thank you for volunteering at the hospital.
    276 days ago
    Shelters always need dog walkers, too, if you want to help without spending time behind the scenes.

    276 days ago
    Volunteering is such a noble endeavor. Many organizations always need help. Great blog!
    277 days ago
    That's great that you were a candy striper. Your husband's aunt sounds like a wonderful person.
    277 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    emoticon being a candy striper when you were younger. I am sure you will find your niche one day.
    277 days ago
    I forgot all about the time I volunteered at a hospital gift shop - during one summer when I was in college, I think. I was called a pink lady - guess that was the adult version of the candy striper! That was amazing that your aunt gave so much of her time to the people in the nursing home. I think it takes a special person to be able to work with the elderly. I admire the a woman I have seen where my mom lives. She comes and sings with the residents and is so bubbly and gets them to sing all the old songs with her!
    277 days ago
    I would have loved to have been a candy striper. Not sure why that didn't happen. That's wonderful that you were able to volunteer clear up until college. Your hubby's aunt should be proud of the medal and all she did. I'm sure she touched many lives. She has to be a special lady. The schools can always use good volunteers. I was so thankful for the many people who volunteered in my classrooms throughout my years of teaching.
    277 days ago

    Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers..

    The rescue Mission also..

    277 days ago
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