For years I have volunteered in some capacity or another and with various groups and I love it. From racing to the Cancer Society and beyond, I love helping others plain and simple.
For me, I can’t always afford to donate to things in a monetary capacity, but I can and do donate my time where I can. I admit I burnt out with volunteering a few years ago (I overdid it slightly) and had to step back and re-evaulate how to best help out, and now I’m re-energized and re-focused so this year my big volunteer project is a very Nonmom themed one.
Early in the year my darling wonderful BFF Jackie (who knows how much I love to craft) told me her daughter was enrolled in Sparks and invited me out to check it out and help out. I got hooked immediately. I freely admit there are MANY MANY MANY a moment when this Nonmom wishes she had one of her own, so any time I get to spend with kids I cherish and so enjoy. Jackie laughs I’m sure at how I light up when I see her kids and so do my other friends when I see theirs too. I love munchkin time.
I started the paperwork process as quick as I could to get cleared and signed up to be a Sparks leader this year and I swear it’s one of my best decisions ever. I beyond look forward to the meetings and while intimidated slightly at the beginning, I’m slowly settling into a routine with the girls and the meetings. I get to help the girls learn and grow in positive ways and in a program that I myself went through too and believe strongly in. If I had a daughter (or son), believe me, they’d be in the program.
I get to give back to the community and some amazing girls, and in return I get to smile and indeed, as my leader name indicates: Sparkle!
Do you volunteer? What has been your favourite or most rewarding volunteering experience?