Before motherhood, I found time to volunteer. Not that I don’t volunteer now at school, swim team, etc, however I miss volunteering to help strangers in need. So today, I embarked on an old tradition – participating in the Day of Caring.
I worked at the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center. My job was easy – stenciling and painting letters for the sign that announced their Neighborhood Park project. I had my eyes opened to the world of non-profits and their approach to being cost efficient. It is amazing to me that the stencils we used where created by printing the alphabet on card stock, then hand cutting. And the staff didn’t want to push us to work to fast to get the whole sign stenciled and painted. I still think we could have finished it. While we painted…others did the hard work (on their callus and blisters) digging up an entire lot by hand.
The thank you email from the United Way shows the shear impact the work just in King County…
“It was an amazing day of community transformation, and you were an integral part of it. 11,000 volunteers from 122 companies shared their time and talents on 416 projects and donated an estimated $1.1 million worth of labor. “
Want more details? Visit the United Way of King County website.
On a side note, I have to admit I feel like I cheated a bit. Everything was selected for me – all I had to do was accept an Outlook meeting invite. So, next time I write about volunteering, I will make the time to pick something that resonates with me (for whatever I choose that day!).