The Art of Volunteering

The journey beyond my own back yard has begun.
When we first moved here, March 2004, I walked the neighborhood, in search of people who would like to be a part of a progressive luncheon (in hopes to get to know a few fellow neighbors). Shortly before the luncheon, I created and managed a neighborhood web site. People were able to suddenly connect and know who they lived next too. Our house is even a ‘volunteer’ McGruff House for kids. Shortly after I created the web site, I volunteered for the local festival committee, and applied to be on the park and rec commission. The first year on the festival committee, I sold pony ride tickets and helped set up. The second year I coordinated the dance entertainment and royalty program. I also coordinated Halloween activities in our neighborhood, and helped with National Night Out. Last year, I was asked to be a tri-chair for the school districts bond and levy campaign. Though our children will never attend the school district in which we live (or the surrounding districts) I felt compelled to help. I learned about a lot through this experience that even made my reasoning’s sounder of why our kids won’t be attending this school district. This is now my second year on park and rec., and this year I have the honor of being the chair. I enjoy serving on park and rec.~ I hope to be on it for a while.
I’m excited to “branch out” now.
About a month back, I filled out my information for a background check to volunteer for the Flint Hill Children’s Festival in Saint Paul. We have gone for the past few years and really enjoy it. Since the Festival and it’s staff have put such smiles on our faces, I thought it would be a great way to give something back.
Today was my first assignment as a volunteer. I worked from 10am until 5p.m. preparing children’s art work for the art crawl and helping hang hot air balloons in Dunn Brother’s. (People thought we were decorating for Cinco de Mayo!) What a fun group of people to work with! It was the perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday as well. Up on the 12th floor of the Landmark Tower building, you could see the view of the river and witness the pelting of rain.
I already look forward to my next volunteer duties! I’m so blessed that I have such a supportive husband that lets me volunteer for these things that I feel passionate about. I admit, I have the most amazing husband. I’m blessed in so many ways- it all starts and ends with his presence in my life.
This weekend was non-stop for me, as are most week days currently. I’m quite tired…however, I am filled with joy.

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