I am fortunate to be able to volunteer and help some of my favorite people. The Independence Place of Alabama is a faith based non-profit program for exceptional adults. Most of these adults have gone through the federal educational programs until they were 21, then suddenly there were limited options to encourage their social and recreational needs.
I stumbled into volunteering accidentally. Well, not really accidentally. My cousin's wife, Debbie, is in charge of their daily operations, and Debbie asked me to help do just one thing. I said OK because you can't say no to Debbie. (It's not just me, no one can say no to Debbie.) I don't even remember what we did the first time I went, some craft type thing I think, or maybe it was cooking something. I honestly don't remember. All I know is from the first meeting with these people I was hooked, and now I find myself actively looking for various things to fit their personalities and skill level.
I guess the entire purpose of this post is to strongly encourage each of you to find whatever your thing is and give a little of yourself to whatever cause you choose. For me, this is not giving anything but time, and a few bucks for materials. What I get back is priceless. There is no where else in my walking around 3-D life where people are so glad to see me, where I am greeted with hugs, and hear things like "I am so glad you're my friend, Anne."
Find your purpose and passion. Life is too short to not share our time, talent and gifts!*
*My youngest child is now a Jr, in college, so I understand I have more time to give than most. Everyone has a different level of time and resources, so no judgements!