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Monday, December 09, 2019

Never lose hope...………

You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Over my lifetime, I have found that my hope is strongest when I am volunteering. When I was in High School, I volunteered at a Senior Center every Saturday morning and sometimes the entire day depending on other commitments. While in College, I volunteered at a Special Needs school that was right on campus. I usually put in at least 10-15 hours/week. When our first son was born, we were in a city where I didn't know anyone, so I put an ad on the Bulletin Board at the church we attended addressed to Moms with babies near our son's age. Several responded and we would meet once a week. The babies played next to each other (they were quite young) and the mothers discussed many topics relative to our experiences as first-time mothers and advice from the mothers who had more than one child. It was truly a mental health experience and I learned so much. We ended up providing services for each other like taking care of each other's children to driving someone to a Dr. appointment if a car was not available to them. When we moved back to where we live now, I began to teach full-time and had another son, so I didn't volunteer on a regular basis. When I retired, I volunteered for American Girl for several years. We prepared dolls and accessories for the once/year sale where all of the proceeds went to organizations like the Madison Children's Museum, and those that provided services to women who were abused and needed a safe place for themselves and their children, to children of abuse, and several others. Each year was different depending on the need. I met so many wonderful women and it was so gratifying to actually meet the organizers of the organizations that we helped to make possible.

It is impossible to lose Hope when you see the results of what you, as one person, can bring about through volunteering.
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