I have been volunteering for a very long time. It fills my heart with love and compassion to be able to help others. I consider myself “a Helper” and it makes me so happy to help. During the season of giving I think it’s important to share the importance of volunteerism so that it’s carried into the new year. I’m proud to teach my children about giving and volunteering, Ezra is still too small to understand, but I know that Aramis shares in my love to help. He is always thinking of other people. I’m so proud.
This past week I volunteered with Meals for the Elderly here in San Angelo. It’s like Meals on Wheels, but it’s called Meals for the Elderly (MFE). I came upon this volunteer opportunity thru the Combined Spouses Group (GCSC), here at Goodfellow AFB. The GCSC is the spouses group for all branches that come into Goodfellow. I joined because I knew the President and she asked if I’d be interested in being the Volunteer Coordinator. Why of course! That’s right up my alley! Long story short, the GCSC has a route with MFE. Each Monday we run a route of meals to elderly in the community. I did the route last week and on Sunday I helped out at their annual Christmas Open House.
It was so much fun. In the past I’d worked in catering for holiday parties so it was similar. Their home was absolutely beautiful, the hosts were so nice and gracious. I served wine for the first couple hours and once I realized how dead my arms were I took a break then served food. My friend Lyn also from the GCSC, walked around serving cookies. I don’t know who had it worst, but her tray was definitely heavy! Either way, we had an amazing time. And it didn’t even feel like we were working/volunteering. That’s when you know you are having a good time. We are also looking forward to volunteering during their Mardi Gras event next year. A lot of the volunteers there, this was their 2nd, 3rd or 4th time helping. They truly enjoy being a part of the event and agreed that it’s always a lot of fun.
The reason for the post is to encourage you to give your time. Volunteer! It”s the most rewarding experience you’ll have and you might even make new friends along the way. There are so many organizations in need of volunteers. While we were stationed at Fort Bragg, NC I volunteered with the Army Community Services (ACS) office there. While we were home during Harvey’s deployment I volunteered with the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. In Tampa I volunteered with the Best Buddies organization. I think by far Best Buddies has been my favorite. Having the honor to work with special needs children is beyond words and I’m so happy I did, it’s a wonderful organization.
Just a few ideas for you! You don’t have to be military either, any organization in need would love your time.
What type of volunteer work do you like to do?