I often forget how lucky I have been to grow up with a roof over my head, food on the table, clothes on my back (and in my closet), an education and pretty much anything I ever needed. Don’t get me wrong, my parents worked extremely hard, and still do, to provide for us.
I truly believe in paying it forward and positive karma. Up until now, I have only participated in about a dozen service experiences. My ultimate goal, when P is a little older, is to participate as a family in a volunteer experience a few hours each month. Until then, we will stick to finding something during the holidays we can all do.
I found this extremely helpful website, http://www.volunteermatch.org, where you can enter your zip code and from there, local opportunities are identified. This really helps alleviate one of the more difficult parts of volunteering, finding an experience that you truly enjoy and value. I have done many service projects and trips in my day and know how frustrating it is to volunteer only to be tasked with pulling weeds in the forest.
I was very excited when I saw this one. I don’t think P is quite old enough to interact with people closely we do not know but really want to do this next year.