Working full-time, it is hard to find time to volunteer for organizations I want to give back to. After a long work day, sometimes you just want to go home and kick back. That was my day today. I was tired, my allergies were driving me crazy – itchy eyes, sneezing and I didn’t want to volunteer.
I am a person though when I make a commitment, I am going to follow through. I get ready and walk down to the Goodman Community Center. Taking the short walk on this beautiful day instantly boosted my mood, and by the time I got to the doors of the Goodman Center, I had an attitude shift.
Tonight was their Family Fun Night – a free event for the community including a BBQ dinner, games for the kids, and a special theatrical performance by some of the children.
I helped with registering the families. Taking down their name, ages of the children and the school they attend. Rough estimate I would say we had around 500 adults and children attend tonight. By the time everyone was through, we ran out of almost everything!
It was an amazing two hours filled with laughter, smiles and a great event bringing our community together!
Next time you commit to something and don’t feel in the mood:
1. Go – because as a fellow volunteer manager, nothing is worst than having volunteers back out last-minute.
2. You will surprise yourself in how giving back is an instant mood changer.
All year long I try to volunteer as much as I can, but I feel like in November I need to step it up. It is Thanksgiving after all!
This is the second year in a row that I have volunteered for the Goodman Community Center Thanksgiving Basket Drive that will provide over 3,500 families in need with a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings.
My location was at the Festival Foods store in Madison to handed out flyers with information about the program and a shopping list of needed items. My shift started off slow, but then again, I was at the liquor entrance and it was one hour to kick-off for the Badgers Game. But then, you get that one donor who puts their items they purchased in your cart, and soon becomes a domino effect.
My shift was 2 hours and the time flew by. Something like this is not for everyone. You can’t be shy, you have to be able to approach people because if not, they will just blow right by you. Making eye contact is also key.
Come on, admit it…. how many times have you walked past a Red Kettle, eyes low, and full steam ahead? I am guilty too.
We don’t know a persons situation, so that is why you can’t judge who gives and who doesn’t, but the key is you have to ask. You thank them all and tell them to have a great day, and in turn, you are making a great day for yourself!
Looking for ways to help and get involved in your community? November and December there are no shortages of volunteer opportunities.
Here are a few.