Earlier this year, I was in between projects at work. As I tried to balance having less on my to do list than I was used to, I turned to volunteering.
With my boss’ blessing, I started volunteering once a week during drop in hours at Second Harvest Food Bank. I liked the flexibility of drop in hours, because it was not a big deal if I couldn’t make it one week.
Last month as I faced being laid off, I again turned to volunteering. It provided me with a routine and a sense of perspective. Yes, I am now unemployed, however I have so much for which I can be grateful: loving husband, supportive family, warm and safe home, and the ability to cook delicious food for us.
As I take a second look at volunteering over the summer, I can see how it helped prepare me for this time of change. Without volunteering, I may not have been able to face this change with such a positive outlook. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know it will be bright.
During this holiday season, if you are struggling with the blues, I encourage you to find some place to volunteer for a few hours. There are many places like food banks that welcome volunteers for drop in hours or you can check out All for Good for opportunities near you.
Thanks Let’s Blog Off for another great topic!