Thursday, August 19, 2010

Volunteering

Our lives are so busy but are they really? Most of us have thought about volunteering yet we never do. With unemployment so high you would think that organizations that depend on volunteers would be flooded but they are not.
Recently I volunteered some time at the Science Museum's Garden where they are growing vegetables and giving the produce to the food bank. I was surprised to find out that they hadn't seen a volunteer in about a month yet harvest time is when they need so much help. It just takes a few hours on a Saturday morning and you will leave with a smile knowing you helped to feed a few more hungry kids in our area. It only takes one person to make a difference!
I must confess that I only began volunteering this year and the satisfaction of helping is undescribable. 3-4 hours at the Community Kitchen (Division of the Food Bank) is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. How about you.....when was the last time you did something that paid nothing and had no tangible rewards yet you felt like a million dollars after you did it?
Go to Hands on Greater Richmond at http://www.handsongr.org/ there you will find a calendar with all kinds of opportunities on it. You can click on a project and read about what they are doing and what they need for volunteers to do. Pick something you like such as gardens, animals, food banks, fixing up homes for the elderly the options are many. Individuals can and do make a difference.