The short answer? No, I don’t regularly volunteer, except for at my daughter’s school. At this point in my life, with two small children, and two of us working full-time and getting our PhDs, I am really good at donating. If they are a great organization and need something I have, have at it.
But I would love to tell you about my grandparents, who are the most giving and dedicated volunteers I have ever met. For as long as I can remember, they have been volunteering, My grandpa, Daddy Paul, is a retired minister, and at almost 92, is exhausting me in his energy. We lost my grandmother, Gramma Mimsy, early in 2010, but I hope to be like both of them soon.
- When Hurricane Andrew struck Florida in 1992, they joined the crews for Habitat for Humanity to rebuild houses. It became such a regular thing, that they bought a trailer in Homestead, FL, to spend their winters there to help rebuild homes.
- They have volunteered for Heifer Project International for years, spending many summers working at the HPI farm in Arkansas. Our Christmas gifts have been goats, and oxen, and a few arks. Many of us in our family have continued that tradition of giving, and one of my cousins has worked on the farm.
- While on an Alaskan Cruise about 10 years ago, my grandparents stopped in Sitka, AK, and learned about Sheldon Jackson College. They decided to stay for 6 months and volunteer at the campus.
These are some of the bigger ones I remember. I know that Daddy Paul was in Honduras building houses with Habitat. I know that they both have/had volunteered at their retirement community. I know they have given countless hours to the churches they have been members of. Oh, and Daddy Paul volunteered as a docent at the Eisenhower Farm near Gettysburg (his current home). He bikes the 10 miles to the farm to volunteer.
Yep, I wanna be like them.