I may have found the perfect volunteer job. Seriously. If I counted up all the organizations and volunteer positions I have had over the years I would probably be surprised. From Navy Relief Society to PTO to Habitat for Humanity to Meals on Wheels the list goes on and on. Each opportunity that arose I met with great enthusiasm and tried to give the experience my all.
How could I forget volunteering at the Freeport Memorial Hospital where I helped give tours to elementary students ? The line still remains in my head “Can you say Anesthesiologist?” Volunteering has always been a part of my life and especially when I have not held a conventional job it seemed like a very important thing to do. Our boys noticed and both of them do various volunteer work in their own lives which makes me smile knowing that they saw their mama do that and perhaps got inspired to do for others as well.
Moving to North Carolina has been another opportunity to get plugged into various volunteer opportunities but I must admit I have not jumped in with both feet. I like to be dependable and if my travel schedule over the past years indicates anything it would point to the fact that I have a hard time committing to being in one place for too long. So I have stayed away from getting into a lot of groups or volunteer things because I don’t want to be THAT person who doesn’t pull her weight.
With that being said I may have found the perfect volunteer job. Our little community, Connestee Falls, has a cute little library in the Clubhouse and I have offered my services to help out. It has to be the lowest stress volunteer position I have ever had. Show up during the week your team is assigned or not. Come as little or as often as you want. Check in the books that have been returned. Shelve books. Check for donations. Record what you have done and that is it. No pressure. Today I checked in two books. My first solo visit as an official library volunteer went well. I think I completed my tasks appropriately and I am excited to have such a fabulous place to hang out as well. Hats off to whoever came up with the idea to dedicate this space to a library because it is definitely used. Now that I am here it will be used more. The Transylvania County Library in Brevard is wonderful but there is something about a library that is right down my road with comfy seating outside overlooking the golf course where I could curl up with a book if I wanted. The library offers books, magazines, dvd’s and some cd’s and VHS tapes as well as a lending area with puzzles and board games which are often checked out by grandparents when those precious grand babies come to visit.
Having never lived in a community like this before I do not know if this is the norm or not but I am happy that this is an added bonus of living in Connestee Falls. The amenities are wonderful, the staff friendly and helpful and the residents very nice.
So tell me – what has been your favorite volunteer job in your lifetime? Remember all Comments for a Cause this month go to Special Olympics.