Friday Four: Why Even Bother To Volunteer!

Representing MomsRising.org at this Food Advocate Forum with other food justice pals at Heist Brewery 

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” â€” Kofi Annan

This week has been a doozie! The boys had three different practices. I have a wedding to prepare for , on top of a few other business projects. Little seven month old Avi Baby to tend to and tax season to keep a float. But I still make time to volunteer. And I will not drag out the reason’s why:

  1. I REALLY like helping people reach goals that will improve their lives.
  2. I always learn a new life skill set ( or my children do)
  3. My children and I get to meet very interesting people that impact our lives in various ways.There are 7.4 billion people in the world, all from different cultures and backgrounds and the bonds we form can be so strong they last a lifetime. The most interesting and strongest of relationships have formed in some pretty unusual ways, volunteering and helping others puts you center stage. You’re now in a position to learn about the people you meet and what their world looks like, you’ll learn things you didn’t know before and become friends with people you didn’t think you would, how’s that for free.99?
  4. Serving others with my children is a great way to remind my children to remain humble, grateful, respectful, resourceful and charitable. Because the people that we may be serving today, maybe the ones serving us tomorrow.
  5. BONUS – You could possibly land your next job by the quality of work you do for free.
  6. BONUS – Spending more quality time with your kids is never EVER a waste of time. Kids grow up so fast! The more time listening to their voice the better. I promise.

7. BONUS- Some volunteering* leads to free travel, food, adventures and other unimaginable opportunities.

8. Bonus – Volunteering May help you discover what you want to do with your life. There’s so many ways to be a blessing to others. Not just passing out sandwiches and/ pamphlets. Volunteering looks, sounds, moves, and hits in so may ways. For example, did you know, that in Charlotte, there is a nonprofit housing repair company, a cute service that set up mobile farmers markets that offer fresh produce at a donation to residents living inside food desserts. (I’m on that board. It’s “The Bulb” ) and a Female Boxing Company? I’m sure there’s more, but I need to get some rest. I’ll list more later. Take care ya’ll!

Last thoughts, people will make time or excuses for what they want to do. I chose to be a helper, learner, servant, teacher, healer, mother and Earth Keeper- on top of everything else that I do. Because I know that if it wasn’t for alla that’ stuff, it wouldn’t be any Kelle.

(I just thought of another one- volunteering could also extend or improve the quality of your life. Especially if you a widow, live alone, etc.)

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